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Professor Lucy Newton

Professor in Business History

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  • Financial History, 
  • History of UK retail banks, 
  • History of corporate governance, 
  • History of consumer durable (pianos)


148, Henley Buiness School, Whiteknights Campus

Professor Lucy Newton is an expert in the field of UK retail bank history, a history of UK corporate governance and and the history manufacture and marketing of pianos, all in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Lucy Newton holds a PhD from the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester, where she subsequently worked, before moving to the Department of History at UEA. She took up a post in the Economics Department at the University of Reading in 1999, where she is now a Professor in Business History at Henley Business School and co-Director of the Centre for International Business History (CIBH).

Lucy teaches at undergraduate, master and MBA level. She has been nominated for teaching awards by her students. Her areas of teaching expertise are:

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate responsibility
  • History of entrepreneurship and business history

She has supervised doctoral students in financial and business history and welcomes enquiries from PhD candidates in these research domains.

Her published research is focused on:

  • British retail banks
  • Nineteenth century consumer durables
  • Lending to industry
  • Corporate identity of banks
  • Branch banking
  • Advertising in British retail banking
  • Nationalisation
  • Corporate governance and trust

In terms of methodology, she is currently particularly interested in the use of objects and artefacts in banking history, such as art, portraiture, architecture and uniforms. Her work on corporate governance has examined nineteenth century share ownership and patterns of female investing in the nineteenth century.

Business Ethics 1

This module aims to develop students’ awareness and understanding of the ethical issues in business and management....

Module code: MM295

Long Run Developments of International Business Theory

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focusing on the Economic Theory of IB. Delivery of this module will take over 2 days....

Module code: MMD008

The Evolution of Entrepreneurship

This module examines theories of entrepreneurship and how it has been practiced from the 19th to the 21st century. It explores the context in which entrepreneurs operate, the strategies that...

Module code: MM336

Past Events

Association of Business Historians Annual Conference

26th June 2020