History Staff Profiles

Head of department Patrick Scanlan's historical interests include the colonial 'Scramble for Africa' (with special reference to Nigeria where he lived as a child), and the steady decline of Imperial Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visits to Berlin and Munich have inspired further research into the much-debated history of Modern Germany and he has developed a fresh interest in the histories of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, with special reference to their Mediterranean context. Last year he led the Centenary Battlefields tour to the Somme, Vimy Ridge and Ypres. More recently he visited Jordan where he was able to research the story of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ by visiting Amman and the restored Hejaz railway line. Patrick previously worked in the financial and publishing sectors, and both his son and daughter attended King’s College.

Kirsty Davies enjoys a broad range of historical interests, from medieval to modern history. Thematically, she enjoys looking at socio-economic developments within a variety of cultures. The study of family, culture and belief in Tudor and Stuart Britain is a special interest. However, her passion really lies in the 20th century where she has been able to focus on post-war Germany and Britain, leading to her submission of a thesis on social attitudes towards the Marshall Plan. She has also visited the battlefields of the 1st World War, Ellis Island, Alcatraz, the Pyramids of Giza, Rome and Israel.

Will Mackenzie-Green’s interests include military history ranging from the Persian Invasions of Ancient Greece to the more recent World Wars. In part due to his background he has developed a specialist interest in amphibious landings throughout the ages. He is particularly passionate about living the experiences of the past and therefore when possible fieldtrips and site visits are a priority. Prior to teaching Will served as an Officer in the Royal Marines for seven years during which he was deployed twice to Afghanistan as well as a number of other overseas trips. More recently he spent three years in the commercial world following which he completed his PGCE at the University of Exeter. Will is married and has one young daughter.

Richard Hooper has wide ranging historical interests, from the Renaissance to the present day. He taught for many years at King’s School Canterbury, where he was Head of Department, and subsequently taught at Clifton College and at Taunton School. Richard is currently teaching Russian history as well as 20th century international relations.

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