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Dr John Callow

Visiting Lecturer in History

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Dr John Callow

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Dr John Callow graduated from Lancaster University with First Class Honours in History in 1993. He achieved an MA with Distinction from Durham in 1994, the Queens Award for Best Qualified Postgraduate from Lancaster University 1994-95, and his PhD in History from Lancaster University in 1998. He has taught at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also worked as Director of the Marx Memorial Library, London and at the heart of the Amicus and GMB trade unions. He is currently Head of Education for the General Federation of Trade Unions.

Dr John Callow is a visiting lecturer at the University of Suffolk and makes occasional contributions to a range of modules and workshops throughout the academic year.


The Witch-hunt in East Anglia and Beyond (occasional contributor)

Research interests

John’s research interests lie primarily in the fields of Early Modern British and European political, social and cultural history, especially seventeenth century politics, witchcraft, and popular culture. He has also published widely on the development of organised labour from 1889 to the present day.


Embracing the Darkness. A Cultural History of Witchcraft, (I.B. Tauris, London, 2018).

King in Exile. James II: Warrior, King & Saint, 1689-1701, (Sutton Ltd., Stroud, 2017).

GMB at Work. The Story Behind the Union, (Evans-Mitchell Books, London, 2011).

The Art of Revolution. The Communist Poster through War, Revolution & an uneasy Peace, 1917-53, (Evans-Mitchell Books, London, 2010).

Change the World. The History of Amicus; A Union of a New Type, (Lawrence & Wishart, London, 2010).

Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe, (with Dr G.S.Scarre), 2nd edition, (Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2001).

The Making of King James II. The Formative Years of a Fallen King, 1633-85, (Sutton Ltd., Stroud, 2000).

Media (TV and radio appearances)

John has appeared on programmes and radio shows for RTE, ITV, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, and the World Service.

For more information on John Callow visit his website.