Dr Max Long

Specialising in
Media history, history of science, environmental history and agricultural history

Max Long’s research is focused on the history of popular science, agriculture, and the environment in twentieth-century Britain, emphasising how mass media impacted on public attitudes about the natural world. 

Academic interests

Max’s academic interests include:

  • Cultural history
  • Environmental history
  • Media history
  • History of science.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Oxon.
  • MPhil, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.

Awards and prizes

  • William T. Stearn Essay Prize, Society for the History of Natural History.
  • Runner-up, Alexander Prize, Royal Historical Society.


Max Long is a historian of mass media, the environment, and public science in modern Britain. His research to date has centred on film and radio in the interwar period (1914-1939), exploring their role in reshaping popular ideas about nature. His next research project will investigate how agricultural knowledge circulated in Britain and its empire between 1880 and 1960. 

He teaches undergraduate topics on modern Britain, and has led several public engagement projects, including Secrets of Nature, an interactive website about a popular series of natural history films from the 1920s. 

Other interests

Wild orchids, walking, television.

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