Allan Burnett

Allan Burnett


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Personal profile


I am interested in the mediation of public history and debates about the future direction of society in the years around 1970. These interests are central to my doctoral research project, which is a new study of the making of 'The World at War' televised documentary history series c. 1970-75. My academic research reflects my career background as an author of history for children who has worked with schools and adult education, a public historian who has worked with film and architectural media, a former journalist working on current affairs and heritage issues, and an archivist.


At the Department of Communication and Media:

Teacher, Media History, undergraduate and postgraduate (2020-present)

Course organiser and teacher, SAS course, 'Media and Armed Conflicts Past and Present' (2017- present)

Course organiser (2020) and teacher (2019, 2020), SAS course, 'Media and the History of Political Rhetoric'

Professional work

Author of history books for children, published by e.g. Birlinn Ltd.

Freelance public historian, performer and project leader with education and heritage bodies, e.g. National Museums of Scotland,  Museums Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Historic Environment Scotland, National Library of Scotland

Leader of literacy projects with schools and adult education, Scottish Book Trust and various local authorities

Educational consultant, Museum of Transport, Glasgow

Former editor and writer of history magazines and supplements with Newsquest Herald & Times

Former archivist, graduate work placement, National Archives of Scotland


  • History
  • Documentary Films
  • Television
  • Education


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