Aaron Ackerley


Thesis Title: Economic Discourse during Depression: A Study of Newspapers in Inter-war Britain.
Funded by: Wolson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship
Start Year: 2013

Email: amackerley1@shef.ac.uk



Primary: Dr Adrian Bingham | Secondary: Dr Dina Gusenova


Research Topic

My thesis examines how the British interwar press presented economic ideas, focusing on five daily newspapers: The Times, the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and the Daily Herald. It charts how economic narratives were constructed in the newsroom, presented in print, and consumed by readers. It draws on in-depth research into the working practices and sources of knowledge of the journalists, utilising the surviving internal archives of the news rooms as well as autobiographies and memoirs. This material is used to help explain the final form of the economic analysis in the newspapers themselves, which is charted through a content analysis.


Academic Background

  • M.A. Twentieth Century History (Distinction), University of Liverpool, 2013
  • B.A. (Hons.) Modern History and Politics (First Class), University of Liverpool, 2012


Conference papers

  • '"But I have not even tried to read Keynes, so do not pretend to understand…": The Manchester Guardian’s Coverage of Economic Issues in the Interwar Period', The Guardian in Local, National and Global History Conference (Manchester, April 2017)
  • '"It is a battle of party politics against a great ideal": The Empire Crusade as Popular Movement', Social History Society Conference (London, April 2017)
  • ‘"Power Without Responsibility"? …Or Power Without Realising?: The Empire Crusade Campaign, Press Power and the Making of a Modern Myth', (Southampton, March 2017) 
  • ‘The Empire Free Trade Movement: A Manufactured Community?’, Concepts of Community Conference, (Sheffield, March 2016)
  • ‘The Manchester Guardian under C.P. Scott and W.P. Crozier: Reporting Economic and Social Issues’, Communities of Communication Conference (Sheffield, September 2014)


Book reviews

  • Unemployment and the State in Britain: The Means Test and Protest in 1930s South Wales and North–East England, by Stephanie Ward, Twentieth Century British History, 26.2 (2005), pp.329-31





  • Gibson Sinclair University Undergraduate Scholarship for 2011
  • Mark Almeras Thomson Prize for highest dissertation mark for 2012
  • AHRC Block Grant Research Masters Studentship 2012-2013
  • Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, 2013-2016


Other Information

  • Editor of Issue 7 of the Sheffield Humanities Postgraduate journal Track Changes
  • History Matters Blogs
  • Co-editor of Raiders of the Lost Archives, a blog devoted to exploring History and Film