Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

PhD Student

Summary: Thomas Livsey and local Government in the first half of the 19th century.

Overview

My research

Thomas Livsey and local Government in the first half of the 19th century

Thomas Livsey was a Chartist from Rochdale, one of many who were very involved in municipal government in the first half of the 19th century. I am looking at Rochdale , Oldham and Halifax to establish patterns, similarities and differences in the development of town councils before the 1867 Reform Act

Supervisor: Professor Malcolm Chase 

About Me

For 35 years I have been a History teacher, with a specialism in Local History. Up to my retirement last year I was the head of a Specialist Language College in Lancashire. I have undertaken all my University work in Leeds. From 1970-74, I studied for a BEd. in History at TASC, with Dr J.L. Grassi. From 1988-90 I returned to Leeds to do an MA in Local Studies with Mr Forster for which I researched the role of John Bright in the Cotton Famine of 1860s within Rochdale

Teaching

A colleague and I developed and used what we still regard as the only Mode 3 GCSE Local History course for Secondary students.

I have run courses on professional development for other teachers, initially in History, later on in leadership areas.