Dr Michala Hulme is an award-winning historian and professional genealogist at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is based at the Manchester Centre for Public History & Heritage. Michala specialises in the period 1800-1950. Her personal research interests include living and dying in Victorian Britain, with a particular focus on the experience of the working classes, crime and street gangs. She has made over 60 appearances on various BBC Radio stations and has featured in national and regional TV programmes, such as CNN, Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns, Channel 5’s This Week on the Farm, Channel 5’s How the Victorian’s Built Britain with Michael Buerk, Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys, BBC’s Heir Hunters, Who Do You Think You Are?, Channel 4’s Genealogy Roadshow, BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 News, BBC News and Granada News. Michala has written for and has featured in several newspapers and magazines, such as the Mail, The Stylist, The Daily MirrorM.E.N and Who Do You Think You Are Magazine? She is a published author with the History Press – her books focus on the ‘grim’ side of living in a Victorian city. She is the former Editor of the Manchester Region History Review.

Latest news…

  • March 2021: Did you enjoy last night’s DNA Journey with Martin & Roman Kemp? If you missed it, you can catch it now on the ITV Player. Word of warning… make sure that you have some tissues handy!

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  • March 2021: Michala’s History Hit podcast episode is OUT NOW!! To listen —–> click here 

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  • March 2021: Michala has been chatting to BBC Radio Manchester & BBC Northampton about the Census. You can catch her chats on the BBC Iplayer 🙂
  • March 2021: Michala has recorded an episode for Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast, you will be able to catch the episode very soon 🙂

History Hit

  • March 2021: Last night’s DNA Journey with Alan Carr and Amanda Holden was a cracker!!! I hope you enjoyed it. If you missed it, you can catch it now on the ITV Player.

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  • March 2021: Did you watch DNA Journey last night on ITV? The first episode was all about Jamie Redknapp & Freddie Flintoff following their DNA. If you missed the brilliant first episode you can catch it now on the ITV Player.F7C41186-C057-4B18-A632-FC3BA058C232 3
  • February 2021: Michala has been in Barnsley filming Channel 5’s This Week on the Farm! The programme airs on Thursday, 25th February 2021.

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  • February 2021: Green screen time! Michala has been in London filming some green screen material for ITV’s DNA Journey.

DNA Journey Green Screen

  • January 2021: Michala has been back filming with ITV’s DNA Journey in Kent. The first episode airs on Wednesday, 10th March 2021 on ITV.
  • December 2020: Terrifying tales of revenge, lust and betrayal from Manchester’s Christmas past.. —->  https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/body-cart-horsewhipping-kendals-terrifying-19508618
  • December 2020: Here is a sneaky picture from ITV’s DNA Journey – The programme is due to hit British TV screens in Spring 2021. Over the past five months, Michala has had a great time working with all the celebrities and crew involved in the show.

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  • December 2020: Did you watch Michala on Channel 4’s Great British Towns with Prof Alice Roberts? Not only did Michala feature on the show, she was also the historical consultant on that episode.
  • November/December 2020: Michala is taking some time off to finish two book proposals. The first proposal is for a historical non-fiction book and the second proposal is for her debut novel. Exciting times!!!

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  • November 2020: Michala has been back filming the final episode of the ITV project in Cornwall. You will get a chance to see the finished series in March 2021 🙂tempImagexa1rPq
  • November 2020: Michala enjoyed chatting to the fabulous students from Strathclyde University about family history and the latest projects she is working on.
  • October 2020: Last month Michala sat down with CNN’s Richard Quest to talk about the Industrial Revolution, Manchester and the North West. To watch the final programme click here —> https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/10/27/manchester-northwest-england-quests-world-of-wonder-travel-richard-quest-spc.cnn
  • October 2020: Michala has been back in London working on the third episode of an ITV project that will hit your screens in March 2021.


  • October 2020: **New Blog** —–> Our House: The White Hart, Cheadle, Stockport
  • October 2020: Click here to read an interview with Michala for Visit Manchester
  • October 2020: Michala’s Hollingworth House blog features in this week’s Blackpool’s Gazette. To read it click here
  • October 2020: Michala has been in London working on a project for ITV. Details will be released soon…
  • October 2020: Catch Michala talking to Nish on BBC Radio Lancashire about Victorian Gaols
  • September 2020: Michala’s ‘Our House’ blogs, will run for the next three Fridays in the Blackpool Gazette. To read the first one, click here
  • September 2020: ** New Blog ** —-> ‘Our House’: The Warren Bulkeley Arms Hotel, Stockport
  • September 2020: Michala has been chatting to CNN anchor Richard Quest. You will be able to catch her on CNN in October 20200FE0C120-6292-40AA-B864-BF0427A69A8F
  • September 2020: Michala has been working with Prof Alice Roberts on her Channel 4 show ‘Great British Towns’. Michala will feature on the show and is also the historical consultant on the Manchester episode. The show will air in the autumn. 0F1B15CE-4CF8-4FC9-B134-5B97E78A1854_1_201_a
  • September 2020: Michala has been filming on the banks of the River Ribble for a new ITV show with her good friend and podcast co-host Brad Argent. 2DFC5D14-8BC4-4254-9E79-9E78D08DC314
  • September 2020: WOW!!! Michala’s last project Finding the Peterloo Eleven has been shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2020 at the Times Awards. Click here to read more. Screenshot 2020-10-01 at 21.18.28
  • September 2020 ** NEW BLOG *** ——> Our House: The White Lion, Stockport 
  • September 2020 **NEW PODCAST IS LIVE** The ‘Our House’ podcast is now live and available on all your podcast suppliers. Click here for more info
  • September 2020 ***NEW BLOG*** —–> Our House: Hollingworth House, Albert Road, Blackpool
  • August 2020 *** NEW BLOG *** ——>Our House: Mrs Dixon’s Famous Boarding House
  • August 2020: If you like your ‘grim’ history, check out this article in the M.E.N, that Michala assisted reporter Damon Wilkinson on.
  • August 2020: *** NEW PODCAST COMING SOON *** Michala has recorded a new podcast to accompany the ‘Our House’ blog series. You will be able to hear it at all your favourite podcast places very soon
  • August 2020: *** NEW BOG SERIES *** Michala’s new blog series ‘Our House’ is now live!! CLICK HERE TO READ IT. You can also catch her on the BBC iplayer talking to John Gilmore about the first blog which looks at the history of a boarding house in Blackpool.
  • July 2020: Michala is the historical consultant and will feature on an upcoming episode of Channel 4’s Britian’s Most Historic Towns. This was due to happen at the beginning of the year, however, due to Covid filming was put on hold. Filming has now commenced again and when Channel 4 issue a transmission date, we will let you know
  • July 2020: Michala passes her PhD viva!! She is now offically Dr Hulme
  • May 2020: Michala, working with ITV, helps the family of Hilda Churchill who was the oldest victim of the Coronavirus, find the lost grave of her baby sister who died during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. To read more on this click here