Michael Wood

Michael Wood

University of Manchester, UK
Professor of Public History

For over thirty years now, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood has brought history alive for viewers and readers in Britain, the US and further afield. He is the author of several highly praised and best selling books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday, and In Search of England, and well over one hundred documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India, which the Wall Street Journal described as ‘still the gold standard’ of documentary history making.  The Independent called his Story of England  which told the tale of one village, Kibworth in Leicestershire, through British history, ‘the most innovative history series ever on TV’. His most  recent series The Story of China aired on BBC 2 in spring 2016.

Michael was born in Manchester, and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history, on which he has written many academic articles. He is currently Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester,  a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries, and a governor of the RSC. He was recently awarded the Historical Associations’s Medlicott Medal for ’outstanding services and current contributions to History’   and in autumn 2015 the British Academy President’s Medal  for services to history and outreach.  Michael lives with his family  in North London.