Dr Paddy Maguire is Head of the School of Humanities, incorporating linguistics, design history, literature and humanities.
He has published widely on aspects of the Co-operative and Labour movements, industrial politics in post-war Britain, design and business history in twentieth-century Britain and working class writing and worker writers.
Dr Paddy Maguire leads the School of Humanities, incorporating linguistics, design history, literature and humanities. He is a historian who trained at York and Sussex Universities. His work spans a range of historical interests and problems, ranging from industrial politics and labour history, through working class writing and autobiography to the history of design in twentieth century Britain in an economic, political and cultural context. As Head of the School of Humanities he has been closely associated with the History Workshop movement through his work with the History Workshop Trust, the Co-operative movement, through close associations with the Co-operative College and that movement’s archival programme, the Society For The Study of Labour History and various community history and publishing projects. He has published across a wide range of fields and supervised a wide range of doctoral research programmes within the University. He has acted as a consultant to a number of academic publishers and archive and museum projects, including the Working Class Movement Library and the National Museum of Labour History.
Dr Maguire’s specialist interests are industrial politics and industrial relations, the field in which he completed his own doctorate and in which he has continued to publish, the history of the Co-operative movement, Labour history and the politics of the Labour movement, the economic and commercial influences upon the development of British design in the twentieth century and the construction of public histories through the state apparatus. His work has been most commonly cited by economic historians, particularly with reference to the Reconstruction period in Britain and concepts of the “Americanisation” of industry and by Labour historians with particular reference to his work on the development of government industrial relations policies and legislation in the post Second World War period.