I am Dr Katrina Navickas, a historian of popular protest and public space in England

leading the Open City London: Croydon walking tour, 2021, image courtesy of Rob Telford,

My job is Reader in History, University of Hertfordshire:  link to staff page

My email:

I was Open Spaces Society Fellow 2020-21 at the Museum of English Rural Life.

This project on the history of public space is in part funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, 2018-19.

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

Recent press

recent podcast appearances include:

Dan Snow’s HistoryHit, podcast, ‘enclosures’:

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, podcast, ‘Architecture and Protest’:

architecture and protest podcast

John McDonnell’s People’s History, episode 3, ‘The Chartists’:

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.

BBC Newsnight, August 2019, on the Peterloo 2019 commemorations:


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

I’ve written a review of Historic England’s guide to Stevenage, for Tribune magazine, winter 2022 edition:

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I’ve produced a Central Croydon Pocket Tour map for Open City, which you can purchase from their website:

Croydon tour map
Croydon Pocket Tour map

My chapter, ‘Croydon’, in The Alternative Guide to the Boroughs of London, edited by Owen Hatherley for Open City London:

open house guide to London

Essay on Peterloo for the LRB, 20 Dec 2018:

Essay on E. P. Thompson, Karl Polanyi and R. H. Tawney for the LRB, 11 Oct 2018:

Essay in Protest: Stories of Resistance, edited by Ra Page (Comma Press):

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