Emma Griffin, historian

Emma is a regular contributor to Radio 3's Night Waves and has made frequent appearances on BBC radio and television. In 2014, she co-presented 'The Real Mill' with Tony Robinson on Channel 4, a documentary to accompany the successful Channel 4 drama, The Mill. She has also recently presented 'Voices from our Industrial Past', a two part series for Radio 4 looking at the lives of working men and women in nineteenth-century Britain.

Who Do you Think You Are: Jerry Hall

Who Do you Think You Are: Jerry Hall, BBC1, 3 September 2015

Jerry Hall knows her father's family were originally from Oldham but wants to find out how they ended up in America.

The Lancashire Cotton Famine

In our Time, Radio 4, 14 May 2015

Melvin Bragg and guests discuss the cotton famine during the American Civil War.

Voices from our Industrial Past: Women

Voices from our Industrial Past: Women, Radio 5, 16 March 2015

Professor Emma Griffin examines the lives of working women during the industrial revolution, through a rich body of neglected sources - working-class autobiography.

The Real Mill with Tony Robinson

The Real Mill with Tony Robinson, 24 & 31 August 2014

Tony and social historian Emma Griffin uncover the personalities behind some of the workers who gave their lives to the progression of the mill - including a host of orphaned children who were legally bound to offer their services.

Voices from our Industrial Past

Voices from our Industrial Past, Radio 4, April 2014

The industrial revolution was possibly the single most significant event in world history - the moment when one small nation left behind its agrarian past and entered decisively on the pathway to modernity. But what did it all mean for the ordinary people, who with their strong backs and nimble fingers did the most to power it? Historian Emma Griffin discusses.

John Day's Submarine

Making History, Radio 4, December 2013

Liberty's Dawn

Night Waves, Radio 3, 14 November 2012

Author Emma Griffin discusses her new book, Liberty's Dawn, with the Night Waves team

The Good Mother

Night Waves, Radio 3, 4 November 2012

Historian Emma Griffin of the University of East Anglia turns to the poor of Victorian Britain to ask what made a good mother in families struggling to keep body and soul together. She finds that our own values and ideas about motherhood may not be as instinctive as we like to believe.


Outfoxed, Radio 4, May 2012

It is seven years since the fox hunting ban, yet the sport is still flourishing. Social Historian Emma Griffin visits three very different hunts to find out why. Along the way, she tells the story of how hunting has evolved over time and changed from being a pursuit mainly for the privileged and wealthy into something more universal, just when the hunting debate was becoming 'class' focused


In our Time, Radio 4, 23 June 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Malthusianism.

The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution

In Our Time, Radio 4, 1 January 2011

After more than a century of rapid technological change, and the massive growth of its urban centres, Britain was changed forever. Lifestyles changed as workers moved from agricultural settlements to factory towns: health, housing and labour relations were all affected. But the effects were both social and intellectual, as thinkers originated theories to deal with the new realities of urban living, mass production and a consumer society.

Photograph of Emma Griffin