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Laura Carter

Carter_LauraLecturer in Modern British History


Phone +44 (0)20 7848 5975

Address Department of History
King's College London
S8.34, Strand
London WC2R 2LS


I am an historian of modern Britain. My doctoral research (undertaken at the University of Cambridge) focused on the meanings of social history to ordinary people in mid-twentieth century Britain. I am interested in mass education, popular publishing, the history of the BBC, and museums and heritage. My new project explores the social history of secondary education in Britain since 1944, with a particular focus on secondary modern schools.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Mass education
  • Popular culture in modern Britain
  • Gender in modern Britain
  • Museums and heritage 
Selected publications

Laura Carter, 'The Quennells and the ‘History of Everyday Life’ in England, c. 1918–69', History Workshop Journal 81 (2016), pp. 106-34

Laura Carter, '‘Experimental’ secondary modern education in Britain, 1948–1958', Cultural and Social History 13 (2016), pp. 23-41

I teach modern British history and the history of gender.
Expertise and public engagement

I was a finalist in the 2016 BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers competition and have worked on a number of public engagement projects in the heritage sector in London, including with the Geffrye Museum, Dr Johnson's House Museum, and a workshop on ‘Using Museum Archives’ in collaboration with the British Museum. 









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