Dr Peter Shapely
Head of School / Reader
Position: Reader and Head of School
Phone: 01248 382148
Location: Room 224.2 Main Arts
Dr Shapely graduated with a first class degree in politics and modern history from Salford University in 1990. He then worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Alan Kidd on a series of relational databases which plotted the size and scale of the voluntary sector across nineteenth century Manchester and Salford. He joined the School in 1998 as a lecturer in modern and contemporary British history. His initial research interests included urban history, voluntarism and governance in the nineteenth century. More recently, his research has focused on decision-making, governance and policy in twentieth century Britain.
- Ideas that Shaped the Twentieth Century
- Nazi State
- Twentieth Century Europe
- Slums, Riots and Regeneration
- Poverty, Society and the State
- Identity and the Victorian City
Ph. D supervision
Dr. Shapely is willing to consider Ph.D supervision on a range of nineteenth and twentieth century British history topics, including urban history, governance, politics (local and national), poverty and social policy.
Current doctoral students:
- Current Ph.D., supervisor, Liz Homans.
Liz is looking at women, feminism and politics in 1970s Britain. Focusing on key pieces of legislation she looks at the competing political, social and economic challenges and shifts in the decision-making process.
- Current Ph.D., supervisor, Judith Taylor.
Judith is working on educational provision for poor girls in nineteenth century Liverpool and Birkenhead. She is assessing the impact of legislation on the level of provision and on the type of education provided.
- Current Ph.D supervisor, Penelope Harris.
Penny’s research looks at the architectural profession in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Using Joseph Hansom as a case study, she is analysing the importance of patronage and the impact of social, economic and political change on the emerging profession.
Governance and Exclusion: Inner City Britain, 1957-1981.
Source: AHRC Fellowship
This project looks at state responses to urban deprivation during 1967-1978. From the mid-1960s the ‘rediscovery’ of poverty began to concern policy makers. A series of government initiatives were introduced by both Labour and Conservative governments, including the Community Development Project, the Education Priority Areas, the Six Towns Studies, the Neighbourhood Scheme and the Comprehensive Communities Programme. Each was a pilot project designed to provide both social action in deprived communities and to look at the causes of deprivation through parallel research project. By 1978, however, solutions to urban deprivation were shifting from an emphasis on social programmes to an approach that was driven by economic regeneration.
This research will eventually be published in a monograph by Ashgate. In addition, the research project looked at racism and the growing urban unrest from the mid-1960s through to the 1981 riots. This work will be published in a separate article.
Public and Private Sector Partnerships and the Emergence of the Entrepreneurial City: Historical Strategies in the Development of Policy in Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham, 1945-1974.
Source: British Academy
This project focused on urban governance since 1945. It was divided into three key areas. First, it looked at the role of local government and the concept of the entrepreneurial city. This focused on how local authorities developed their role in promoting their towns and cities. Second, it looked at the relationship with the private sector and the strategies that evolved in supporting and attracting private capital from the 1950s. Third, it re-visited the concept of civic pride as an expression of local aspirations and as a form of symbolic power. It led to three publications in Twentieth Century British History, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Urban History.
Power, Policy and Consumers
Source: British Academy Grant
This research developed the work of the previous housing project. It focused on the decision-making process, urban governance and tenants. It looked at aspects of the politics of social housing in the Manchester region, but in a national context, across the twentieth century. This led to a series of articles in journals with an international profile (Social History) and a second monograph, Power, Policy and Consumers: Urban Culture and the Politics of Twentieth Century Housing, published in October 2007 with Manchester University Press. Other published work included ‘Social housing and tenant participation’ through the History and Policy web site on (April 2008), and ‘The housing crisis,’ published in BBC History Magazine (April 2008). More recently, it led to publications in Planning Perspectives and an invitation to write the ‘Introduction’ to the Skeffington Report as part of a volume in the new Routledge reprints in planning history.
The Labour Party and the Politics of Housing in Manchester and Salford 1945-1987.
This housing project started in 2001 with a Leverhulme grant which focused on policy, housing and the Labour Party. It also included Professor Steve Fielding and Dr. Andy Walling. Initial findings were published in a joint article in Twentieth Century British History.
- Deprivation, State Interventions and Urban Communities in Britain, 1968-79Shapely, P 2017, Deprivation, State Interventions and Urban Communities in Britain, 1968-79. Routledge Studies in Modern British History, Routledge, London.
- The continuing tradition of civic prideShapely, P 2017, The continuing tradition of civic pride: Municipal culture in post-war Manchester. in M Tebbutt & A Kidd (eds), People, Places and Identities: Themes in British Social and Cultural History, 1700s-1980s., Chapter 7, Manchester University Press, Manchester.
- Post-war housing in Manchester - making the same mistakes?Shapely, P 2016, Post-war housing in Manchester - making the same mistakes? in R Brook & M Dodge (eds), Making post-war Manchester: Visions of an unmade city. Modernist Society.
- Introduction to the Skiffington Committee ReportShapely, P 2014, Introduction to the Skiffington Committee Report. in People and Planning: Report of the Committee on Public Participation in Planning (The Skiffington Committee Report). 2014 edn, Routledge, pp. v-xxi.
- Civic pride and redevelopment in the post-war British cityShapely, P 2012, 'Civic pride and redevelopment in the post-war British city' Urban History, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 310-328. DOI: 10.1017/S0963926812000077
- Governance in the Post-War City: Historical Reflections on Public–Private Partnerships in the UKShapely, P 2012, 'Governance in the Post-War City: Historical Reflections on Public–Private Partnerships in the UK' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01113.x
- The Entrepreneurial City: The Role of Local Government and City-Centre Redevelopment in Post-War Industrial English CitiesShapely, P 2011, 'The Entrepreneurial City: The Role of Local Government and City-Centre Redevelopment in Post-War Industrial English Cities' Twentieth Century British History, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 498-520. DOI: 10.1093/tcbh/hwq049
- Civil society, class and localityShapely, P, Hilton, M (ed.) & McKay, J (ed.) 2011, Civil society, class and locality. in The Ages of Voluntarism: How we got to the Big Society. 2011 edn, Oxford University Press, pp. 94-113.
- Planning, housing and participation in Britain, 1968–1976Shapely, P 2010, 'Planning, housing and participation in Britain, 1968–1976' Planning Perspectives, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 75-90. DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2011.527550
- Identity, Community and Inner City Decline in 1970s Britain.Shapely, P 2010, 'Identity, Community and Inner City Decline in 1970s Britain.' Paper presented at Reassessing the Seventies, CCBH Summer Conference 2010., 3/01/01, .
- Civil society in post-war Britain.Shapely, P 2009, 'Civil society in post-war Britain.' Paper presented at Perspectives on the voluntary sector, British Academy., 3/01/01, .
- The Entrepreneurial City: Local Government and Historical Strategies to Inner City Redevelopment.Shapely, P 2009, 'The Entrepreneurial City: Local Government and Historical Strategies to Inner City Redevelopment.' Paper presented at Annual Business History Conference, Liverpool., 3/01/01, .
- The Re-Making of Modern Newcastle: From Here to Brasilia.Shapely, P 2009, 'The Re-Making of Modern Newcastle: From Here to Brasilia.' Paper presented at Reinventing the City, Newcastle., 3/01/01, .
- Ours is bigger than yours! Civic pride and the 1960s shopping precinct.Shapely, P 2008, 'Ours is bigger than yours! Civic pride and the 1960s shopping precinct.' Paper presented at Clone towns? The High Street in historical perspective. Wolverhampton University., 3/01/01, .
- Urban Governance since 1945: State, Welfare and Civic SocietyShapely, P 2008, 'Urban Governance since 1945: State, Welfare and Civic Society' Paper presented at 9th International Conference on Urban History, Lyon, France., 3/01/01, .
- ‘Ours is bigger than yours!’ Planning, civic pride and the 1960s shopping precinct’Shapely, P 2008, '‘Ours is bigger than yours!’ Planning, civic pride and the 1960s shopping precinct’' Paper presented at Public Versus Private Planning: Themes, Trends and Tensions.International Planning History Society Conference, Chicago., 3/01/01, .
- The housing crisisShapely, P, The housing crisis, 2008, Web publication/site, BBC.
- Social housing and tenant participationShapely, P, Social housing and tenant participation, 2008, Web publication/site, Unknown.
- Civic culture and policy in the post-war cityShapely, P 2008, 'Civic culture and policy in the post-war city' Paper presented at Economic and Social History seminar, Cambridge University., 3/01/01, .
- Reconfiguring the recipientShapely, P 2008, 'Reconfiguring the recipient' Paper presented at Oxford Brookes, 3/01/01, .
- Medicine, Charity and Mutual Aid: The Consumption of Health and Welfare in Britain C.1550-1950.Shapely, P & Borsay, A (eds) 2007, Medicine, Charity and Mutual Aid: The Consumption of Health and Welfare in Britain C.1550-1950. 2007 edn, Ashgate.
- The Politics of Housing: Power, Consumers and Urban Culture.Shapely, P 2007, The Politics of Housing: Power, Consumers and Urban Culture. Manchester University Press.
- Tenants arise! Consumerism, Tenants and the Challenge to Council Authority.Shapely, P 2006, 'Tenants arise! Consumerism, Tenants and the Challenge to Council Authority.' Social History, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 60-78. DOI: 10.1080/03071020500424532
- Politics, policy and the importance of locality: civic culture and local government in post-war Manchester.Shapely, P 2005, 'Politics, policy and the importance of locality: civic culture and local government in post-war Manchester.' Paper presented at Wales v England: Parallel histories of constructed differences? University of Wales, Bangor., 3/01/01, .
- Politics, policy and the importance of locality: tenants and local government in post war Manchester.Shapely, P 2005, 'Politics, policy and the importance of locality: tenants and local government in post war Manchester.' Paper presented at New directions in modern British political history: from the body politic to the politics of the body? C.1867-2005. Institute of Historical Research, London., 3/01/01, .
- Civic culture and housing policy in Manchester, 1945-1979
- The press and the system built developments of inner city Manchester, 1960s-1980sShapely, P 2004, The press and the system built developments of inner city Manchester, 1960s-1980s. in Manchester Region History Review. 2004 edn, Carniege Publishing, pp. 30-39.
- Urban charity, class relations and social cohesion: Charitable responses to the Cotton FamineShapely, P 2001, 'Urban charity, class relations and social cohesion: Charitable responses to the Cotton Famine' Urban History, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 46-64.
- Charity and Power in Victorian ManchesterShapely, P 2000, Charity and Power in Victorian Manchester. Chethams, Manchester.
- Race and Immigration in Post-War Urban Britain
Organised a panel at the Urban History conference, Immgratoin, Race and the Post-War British City.
30 Mar 2017
Activity: Participation in conference (Participant)
- 'Conceptualizing the British Inner City, 1967-1979: The L8 Factor,' paper given for session on Lived Experience and Reputation in Twentieth-century Mass Housing, European Association for Urban History, 13th International Conference on Urban History, Helsinki, 24-27 August 2016.
25 Aug 2016
Activity: Participation in conference (Participant)
- Round table discussion on devolution and local government
15 Jul 2016
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course (Participant)
- Organized conference on ‘Shaping the Labour Party.’
23 Mar 2015
Activity: Participation in conference (Participant)