Josh Dight


Graduate Teaching Assistant in History

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My Ph.D investigates the legacy of Britain’s late-eighteenth century political radicals, from the ‘immortal’ Thomas Paine to the ‘illustrious’ Major John Cartwright and William Cobbett. It seeks to find out how remembrance shaped their memory over the course of the nineteenth century by applying concepts such as amnesia and “collective memory”. Of particular interest is how radical representations in the press evolved over time, and whether these legacies inspired further political action or faded into silence. To achieve these research aims, the project makes use of digital collections, primarily nineteenth century newspaper archives, to gauge how the press constructed and transmitted the memory of radical patriots from a period of intense revolutionary action in Britain.

Currently, the focus of my work is centred around Chartism’s commemorative culture. I am exploring the Chartist press and its rich coverage of the many banquets, dinners and lectures in which radical memory was celebrated. This research seeks to uncover the meaning behind such evocations of radical memory and how the Chartists applied it to their politics.

Alongside my project work, I have written a book review for the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies and have taken up the role of Postgraduate Representative for the Arts and Humanities Ethics Committee. During the second year of my PhD I will be further developing my teaching experience with the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE).

Research Interests

  • Memory, Heritage and Public History
  • British Radicalism – Eighteenth and Nineteenth century
  • Revolutions
  • Twentieth century conflict


  • (Undertaking) Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE)
  • MA University of York interdisciplinary degree Eighteenth Century Studies Representations and Context 1750-1850
  • North American Studies Certificate University of Windsor Ontario
  • BA Honours University of Hertfordshire studied History


My role as a Graduate Teaching Assist affords me the opportunity to teach first year undergraduate workshops and seminars on the following modules:

  • 1017 History and Society
  • 1012 Europe Re-made, 1789-1914
  • 1013 Imperialism, Liberations, Globalization
  • 2026 Fall of the British Empire
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