Staff Profile: Emeritus Professor John Benson

John Benson
Emeritus Professor
Subject AreaHistory
Research GroupCentre for Historical Research
SchoolSchool of Social, Historical and Political Studies.
Tel.01902 323488


John Benson, Emeritus Professor of History, has particular interests in the social and economic history of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. His research has been supported by bodies such as the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation; and he has spoken on his work throughout Great Britain as well as in Europe, Japan, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

He is currently working on a study of class, age and gender relationships in late Victorian and Edwardian Wolverhampton.

Key Publications

  • British Coalminers in the Nineteenth Century: A Social History, Gill and Macmillan.
  • The Working Class in Britain, 1850-1939, Longman.
  • The Rise of Consumer Society in Britain 1880-1980, Longman.
  • Affluence and Authority: A Social History of Twentieth-Century Britain, Arnold.

Recent Publications

  • The Wolverhampton Tragedy: Death and the ‘Respectable’ Mr Lawrence, Carnegie.
  • Health and Accidents, Coal in Victorian Britain, Pickering and Chatto.
  • ‘Domination, Subordination and Struggle: Middle-Class Marriage in Early Twentieth-Century Wolverhampton, England’, Women’s History Review.
  • ‘Sport, Class and Place: Gerald Howard-Smith and Early Twentieth-Century Wolverhampton’, Midland History.
  • '"Get a Blue and You Will See Your Money Back Again": Staffing and Marketing the English Prep School, 1890-1912', History of Education.