Keynote slides: Practical Politics and Place in the 19th century
new towns reading list
right to stand on the pavement
New Lives New Landscapes Revisited: Rural Modernity in Britain
select bibliography on new social movements, urban commons, and anti-globalisation protest
BBC Radio 4 Analysis, ‘what’s the point of street protest?’
East London primary sources
The Cuckoo Cage at Womad 2022
MERL OSS lantern slide exhibition now online
me at woman on panel


me on newsnight august 2019
me on Newsnight, August 2019

Prof Katrina Navickas, a historian of protest, social movements, and public space in England.

I am Professor of History, University of Hertfordshire:  link to staff page

Twitter: @katrinanavickas and Rural Modernism: @RuralModernism


My books

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Protest and the Politics of space and place
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Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire

  • New Lives New Landscapes: Rural Modernity in Britain, ed. Linda Ross, Katrina Navickas, Matthew Kelly and Ben Anderson (Oxford University Press, in press, 2023)

Recent press

  • I’ve written an essay on the history of bins for Joe Lycett’s book, Bins (2023)
a history of bins in britain
bbc radio 4
  • At Womad 2022, I chaired a panel of writers for Comma Press’s collection, The Cuckoo Cage: Bidisha, Courttia Newland and Irfan Master.
me on a panel at womad
‘World of Words’ tent, Womad festival, 30 July 2022
  • I gave the Frow Lecture at the Working Class Movement Library, June 2022
me in front of a right to roam banner
Frow lecture, Working Class Movement Library, June 2022
  • Dan Snow’s HistoryHit, podcast, ‘enclosures’, 2022:
leading the Open City London: Croydon walking tour, 2021, image courtesy of Rob Telford,
  • BBC One’s The One Show, 1 March 2021, interviewed by Bill Bailey on the Ramblers’ Association’s campaign to save lost footpaths. With Jack Cornish of the Ramblers.
me and bill bailey, march 2021
  • BBC Newsnight, August 2019, on the Peterloo 2019 commemorations:
panel at kennington 2018
Kennington Park Chartist festival 2018


I’ve written for the LRB, Tribune, History Today, Red Pepper, and Open City.

red pepper cover review Doreen Massey

Tribune article
Croydon tour map
Croydon Pocket Tour map
open house guide to London
  • Essay in The Cuckoo Cage, edited by Ra Page (Comma Press, 2022)

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Protest cover