Lincoln College


Global perspectives at Lincoln


History forms one of the largest subject groups in Lincoln College. It has three full-time fellows, Dr. Perry Gauci, Dr Lucy Wooding and Dr Samuel Brewitt-Taylor. Together they oversee the progress of  35-40 undergraduates in History and its Joint Schools, and take primary responsibility for student tutorials.



 Every year Lincoln admits about 12 students for the following courses:
  • History;
  • History and Politics;
  • Ancient and Modern History;
  • History and Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish only).

We seek candidates of real intellectual potential, who will benefit from the tutorial system and an Oxford degree course. We expect candidates to have high examination grades, but we are also looking for a genuine interest in the subject, and a readiness to criticise and question.



Tutorials lie at the heart of undergraduate learning in Oxford. They are central to teaching history at Lincoln. History undergraduates at Lincoln, as at every College, are expected to follow a course of independent study - closely guided by their tutors.

The tutorial system is marked by its intellectual rigour and its flexibility. The small numbers of students in a tutorial makes it possible to concentrate on the needs and interests of individual undergraduates.  The success of tutorials depends on undergraduates being ready to put forward their ideas and to contribute to the dialogue.  The tutors guide the undergraduates, and monitor their progress, but they also take pleasure in the informality that the tutorial system permits.

Lincoln's undergraduate historians seem to enjoy each other's company, and this sense of community is very evident from the popularity of visits to monuments, museums and other sites of historic interest. At Lincoln, the history tutors hope to foster a dynamic intellectual atmosphere in which we all share our passion for history - and learn together. 

Course Structure

To a considerable extent, Lincoln's history undergraduates choose for themselves the shape and content of their course, within the parameters of the History syllabus.  The College's history tutors teach many papers between them, and take the greatest care to find tutors of repute for papers which are not taught within College.  There are established arrangements with tutors from other Colleges for teaching medieval history.

At Lincoln, undergraduates are taught in College for the first year, as far as possible, so that they get to know each other and their tutors.  In the first term, the choice of papers for the History of the British Isles is restricted to three or four out of seven options, but the papers excluded then are offered later in the course. We also ask students to study either Historiography or a Foreign Text paper. In the third term of the first year, choice of Optional subjects is limited to six of the sixteen options.  For the remainder of the course, there is a free choice amongst the myriad courses offered within the History faculty. 


Dr Perry Gauci:   MA, M Phil, D Phil (Oxon) is V H H Green Fellow in Modern History. A native of South Wales he was an undergraduate at Lincoln College and later conducted research at London University. He has published several books on urban politics and society, with particular interest in the relationship of commerce and politics. His teaching centres on British, European and American history 1600-1800, and covers options in political, social and cultural history.

Dr Lucy Wooding: MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS, joined the college as Langford Fellow and Tutor in History in October 2016. She read history as an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford, where she also completed her DPhil. She was a lecturer first at Queen’s University Belfast, and then at King’s College London, where she was made Reader in History in 2015. She works on the English Reformation, and has published on many different aspects of religious history, as well as writing a biography of Henry VIII. Most recently her research interests have centred on the relationship between word and image in early modern religious culture. She teaches a range of courses in early modern British and European history.

Dr Sam Brewitt-Taylor, BA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon) is Darby Fellow in Modern History. After stints as a stipendiary lecturer here at Lincoln, and Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British and European History at Plymouth University, Dr Brewitt-Taylor returned to Lincoln in September 2015. He researches British radical movements in the long 1960s, with a particular focus on the role of radical religious groups in effecting cultural change. He is currently finishing a monograph, provisionally accepted by OUP's Oxford Historical Monographs series, entitled The Hope of a World Transformed: Christian radicalism in the Church of England and the making of the British 'Sixties', 1957-1970. Dr Brewitt-Taylor teaches a variety of courses in British and European history from 1815 to the present.

Dr Catherine Holmes:  Fellow and Tutor at University College, is a Lecturer in medieval history. She is a specialist in Byzantine history.

Dr Matthew Kempshall:  Fellow and Tutor at Wadham College, is a Lecturer in medieval history. He is a specialist in European intellectual history.

Click here to read a testimonial from one of Lincoln's history students.