The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage (MCPHH) explores the complex economic, social and cultural inter-relationships which connect people, places and the past, from the choices made in conserving and commemorating visual and material culture to the intangible practices of heritage handed down from generation to generation.

The MCPHH emphasis on encouraging communities and individuals to engage actively with history builds on the long-established work of the Manchester Centre for Regional History, established in 1998. Its many engagement projects include community archaeology, collaborative partnerships with museums and archives across the UK, and international heritage research in Europe and south Asia. The Centre aims to bridge the gap between academia and the public and become recognised internationally for excellence in publicly engaged research.