Dr Lucy Faire, SFHEA

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BA (York)
MA (Leicester)
PhD (Leicester)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



I am a founder member of Leicester Vaughan College and have been teaching mature students at university level since 2002. I taught at the former Vaughan College and in the Vaughan Centre of Lifelong Learning on the HE Certificates in Modern Social History and Modern British History, and on the HE Certificate and BA in Humanities and Arts. I have been an Associate Lecturer for the Open University since 2009, teaching on its MA in History. I am a visiting honorary fellow in the Centre for Urban History.

Prior to teaching at the Vaughan Centre, I was a Research Associate at Nottingham University in the Institute of Film Studies; a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University; and I taught full-time undergraduates and MA students in various History departments at Leicester University.

Teaching Areas

I teach modern social history post 1700, particularly the history of everyday life, leisure and behaviour (mainly bad behaviour!), urban history and the history of material culture.

Research Areas

My main research area is the history of the everyday life. The central approach of my work is to understand how people interact with their environment and with each other and, importantly, to analyse their subjective experiences.

My PhD examined working-class perceptions of family life and the home in the period 1990-1955, which I completed in the former Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester. This doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and examined the impact of class, generation, religion and gender on the uses of domestic space, time spent in the home, household goods and family relationships.

I have researched the experience of leisure, in particular cinema-going and seaside holidays, and am currently investigating peoples’ behaviour in city centres in the middle decades of the twentieth century with Dr Denise McHugh (Open University).



For five years (2015-2020) I was an external examiner for the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning on their Higher Education Certificates in Arts and Humanities and Archaeology.