Established in 2017 by a group of Midlands3Cities-AHRC-funded PhD students, Midlands Historical Review (MHR) receives support from the Department of History and School of Humanities at the University of Nottingham. The journal publishes research from diverse disciplines, interpreting ‘Historical’ as a broad underlying element of scholarship within the Arts and Humanities. MHR is, therefore, managed by postgraduate students from equally diverse backgrounds, including History, Archaeology, Theology, English, and Classics.

Mission Statement

Midlands Historical Review is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, student-led journal which showcases the best student research in the Arts and Humanities. We accept submissions from students at any stage of their university career, including exceptional undergraduate and post-graduate dissertations, Masters level research papers, conference papers, book reviews and any other innovative research format.

Students in the Arts and Humanities produce valuable contributions to knowledge which, once a degree has been awarded, are often forgotten. High quality research deserves an audience no-matter the level of education it was produced for. The research published by MHR encourages and enables later cohorts of students to build upon previous students’ work.

Midlands Historical Review, as an online, open-access publication, is at the cutting edge of the emerging landscape of modern scholarly publishing and makes a contribution to the important task of establishing the reliability and integrity of scholarship online.


Midlands Historical Review has four key aims:

  • To showcase the cutting-edge Arts and Humanities research being conducted by undergraduates and postgraduates at universities across the UK. The journal seeks submissions which display an original argument, innovative engagement with source materials and a creative use of structure.
  • To act as a learning resource which aids undergraduate students in pursuing their own research. The journal therefore encourages submissions in clear language and which simplify complex concepts wherever possible.
  • To encourage interdisciplinarity by highlighting the valuable results of these approaches within the Arts and Humanities.
  • To provide students with practical experience in publishing. The extensive peer-review process provides authors with constructive feedback while the student-led editorial board offers postgraduate researchers direct experience in editing and publishing.

For more information on our submissions procedure please visit the Submissions and Contact Us pages.


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • The author(s) retain their copyright to the work and grant the journal right of first publication. The work will be simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0 – which allows others to share and build upon the work non-commercially with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are encouraged to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository, on a personal website, or publish it in a book), without seeking permission from the Journal. We do however require an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


  • It is the responsibility of authors who publish with this journal to request and secure any permissions required for the use of copyrighted material created by others, including images and text quotations, under the creative commons licence that Midlands Historical Review employs. You will be required to sign a statement affirming this and accepting full liability in the case of any copyright infringement arising from the publication of your article.
  • Midlands Historical Review will bear no responsibility for any copyright infringement arising from the publication of your article.