Currículum vitae John Walton


John Kimmons WALTON


Department of Contemporary History, Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of the Basque Country, 48940 Leioa (Biscay), SPAIN.



Dr. John K. Walton (Chesterfield, UK, 1948) is (since January 2010) an IKERBASQUE Professor attached to the Department of Contemporary History, of the University of the Basque Country (Leioa, Spain). A graduate of Oxford and Lancaster Universities, he was previously Professor of Modern Social History at Lancaster University, Professor of Social History at the University of Central Lancashire, and Professor of Social History in the Institute of Northern Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, all in the UK. He was founding President of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism, and (since 2009) edits the Journal of Tourism History for Taylor and Francis. He also teaches Contemporary History at the University of the Basque Country.


  • Tourism and regional identities in Britain and Spain.
  • Coastal tourism and urban identities, in Europe and beyond.
  • Heritage, tourism and urban regeneration in Britain.
  • Sport, politics, localities and regions in Britain and the Basque Country.
  • Urban consumption and consumerism in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
  • The Co-operative movement in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain.


  • As an IKERBASQUE professor I have no formal teaching responsibilities, although I regularly take part in Department seminars and related activities, and examine doctoral theses.



  • The British seaside: holidays and resorts in the twentieth century, Manchester University Press, 2000, 216 pp.
  • (with Gary Cross), The playful crowd: pleasure places in the twentieth century, New York: Columbia University Press, 2005, viii + 308 pp.
  • Riding on rainbows: Blackpool Pleasure Beach and its place in British popular culture, St Albans: Skelter Publishing, 2007, iv + 162 pp.
  • (with Keith Hanley), Constructing cultural tourism: John Ruskin and the tourist gaze, Bristol: Channel View, 2010, 224 pp.
  • (with Michael Bailey and Ben Clarke), Understanding Richard Hoggart: a pedagogy of hope (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming 2011).

Book Chapters

  • ‘The pleasures of urbanity', in P.J. Waller (ed.), The English urban landscape, Oxford University Press, 2000, 269-89.
  • ‘Tradition and tourism: representing Basque identities in Guipúzcoa and San Sebastián, 1848-1936', in N. Kirk (ed.), Northern identities, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 2000, 87-108.
  • ‘Urban networks: the north of England, 1540-1840', in P. Clark (ed.), The Cambridge urban history of Britain, Vol. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 111-31.
  • ‘A social history of hospitality', in C. Lashley and A. Morrison (eds.), In search of hospitality: theoretical perspectives and debates (Butterworth Heinemann, 2000), 56- 76.
  • ‘Seaside tourism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: some transatlantic comparisons', in W. Kaufman and H. Macpherson (eds.), Transatlantic studies (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2000), 139-54.
  • ‘Towns and consumerism, 1840-1950', in M.J. Daunton (ed.), The Cambridge urban history of Britain, vol. 3 (Cambridge University Press, 2000), 715-44.
  • ‘Fishing communities 1850-1950', in D.J. Starkey (ed.), History of the fisheries of England and Wales (Chatham, 2000), 127-37.
  • ‘Home and leisure', in John M. Mackenzie (ed.), The Victorian Vision (London: V&A Publications, 2001), 50-73.
  • ‘Basque football rivalries in the twentieth century: Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao', in G. Armstrong (ed.), Fear and loathing: local rivalries in world football (Oxford: Berg, 2001), 119-33.
  • ‘Policing the Alameda: shared and contested recreational space in San Sebastián, 1863- 1920', in S. Gunn and R.J. Morris (eds.), Identities in space: contested terrains in the Western city since 1850 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001), 228-41.
  • ‘Consuming the beach: seaside resorts and cultures of tourism in England and Spain from the 1840s to the 1930s', in E. Furlough and S. Baranowski (eds.), Being elsewhere: tourism, consumer culture and identity in modern Europe and North America (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001), 272-98.
  • ‘British tourism between industrialisation and globalisation: an overview', in H. Berghoff, Barbara Korte, Ralf Schneider and Christopher Harvie (eds.), The making of modern tourism: the cultural history of the British experience, 1600-2000 (London: Palgrave, 2002), 109-31.
  • ‘Una panorámica: espectáculos y espectadores en la Inglaterra contemporánea', in J. Montero (ed.), Ver cine: los públicos cinematográficos en el siglo XX (Madrid: Ediciones Rialp, 2002), 76-87.
  • ‘The waters of San Sebastián: therapy, health, pleasure and identity, 1840-1936', in Susan C. Anderson and Bruce H. Tabb (eds.), Water, leisure and culture: European historical perspectives (Oxford: Berg, 2002), 37-52.
  • ‘Britishness', in Chris Wrigley (ed.), A companion to early twentieth-century Britain, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003; paperback edn., 2009), 517-31.
  • ‘Tourism and politics in elite beach resorts: San Sebastián and Ostend, 1830-1939', in L. Tissot (ed.), Construction of a Tourism Industry in the 19th and 20th century: international perspectives (Neuchatel, Switzerland: Alphil, 2003), 287-301.
  • ‘Policing the seaside holiday: Blackpool and San Sebastián, from the 1870s to the 1930s', in B. Godfrey, C. Emsley and G. Dunstall (eds.), Comparative histories of crime (Cullompton: Willan Publishing, 2003), 145-58.
  • ‘Regions, lifestyles and consumption patterns: Lancashire and the Basque Country of northern Spain', in H. Siegrist and M. Schramm (eds.), Regionalisierungen im Vegleich (Leipzig, Germany: Leipziger Universitatsverlag, 2003), 135-52.
  • ‘The transatlantic seaside: Blackpool and Coney Island', in N. Campbell, J. Davies and G. McKay (eds.), Issues in Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), 111-25.
  • ‘The seaside and the holiday crowd', in Vanessa Toulmin, Patrick Russell and Simon Popple (eds.), The lost world of Mitchell and Kenyon: Edwardian Britain on film (London: bfi Publishing, 2004), 158-68.
  • ‘Football and the Basques: the local and the global', in A. Bairner, J. Magee and A. Tomlinson (eds.), The Bountiful Game? Football Identities and Finances (Oxford: Meyer and Meyer, 2005), 135-54.
  • ‘Fishing communities and redevelopment: the case of Whitby, 1930-1970', in David J. Starkey and Morten Hahn-Pedersen (eds.), Bridging the North Sea: conflict and cooperation (Esbjerg, Denmark: Fiskeri –og Sofartsmuseet, 2005), 135-62.
  • ‘Histories of leisure in the British setting: approaches and controversies', in H.-J. Gilomen, B. Schumacher and L. Tissot (eds.), Temps libre et loisirs, du 14e au 20e siecles (‘Free time and leisure, from the fourteenth to the twentieth century') (Zurich: Chronos Verlag, 2005), 11-22.
  • ‘Urban space, public pleasure and cultural conflict: the seaside resort in England, c. 1840-1939', in Robert Beck and Anna Madoeuf (eds.), Divertissements et loisirs dans les sociétés urbaines a l'époque moderne et contemporaine (Tours: Presses Universitaires Francois-Rabelais, 2005), 321-30.
  • ‘Resorts and regions: Blackpool, Southport, Lancashire and beyond', in Alyson Brown (ed.), Historical perspectives on social identities (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006; paperback edn., 2008), 7-22.
  • ‘Temas, innovaciones y aproximaciones en historia comparada: un programa de trabajo para el futuro', in J.M. Beascoechea, M. González Portilla and P.A. Novo López (eds.), La ciudad contemporánea, espacio y sociedad, Leoia: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco, 2006, 801-11.
  • ‘Spa and seaside cultures in the age of the railway: Britain and France compared', in A. Cossic and P. Galliou (eds.), Spas in Britain and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006), 475-98.
  • ‘Vecindario, ciudad, condado, región, nación: fundamentos geográficos de la identidad cultural y política en el Reino Unido, siglos XIX y XX', in L. Castells (ed.), Del territorio a la nación (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2006), 141-56.
  • ‘Spain and 1848: the dog that did not bark?', in K. Boardman and C. Kinealy (eds.), 1848: the year the world turned? (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), 22-35.
  • (In Greek and English), ‘Seaside resorts and cultural tourism in Britain', in Marguerite Dritsas (ed.), European tourism and culture (Athens: Livanis Publishing Organization, 2007), 195-208 (English), 209-24 (Greek).
  • ‘Imagining regions in comparative perspective: the strange birth of North-West England' in B. Lancaster, D. Newton and N. Vall (eds.), An agenda for regional history (Newcastle: Northumbria University Press, 2007), 289-302.
  • (with Jason Wood), ‘History, heritage and regeneration of the recent past: the British context', in N. Silberman and C. Liuzza (eds.), Interpreting the Past V, Part 1: The Future of Heritage: Changing Visions, Attitudes and Contexts in the 21st Century, Brussels, 2007, 99-111.
  • ‘Tourism and consumption in urban Spain, 1876-1975', in E. Afinoguénova and J. Martí-Olivella (eds.). Spain is (still) different: tourism and discourse in Spanish identity (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/ Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), 107-27.
  • (In French), ‘Whitby: une station balnéaire, du XVIIIe au XXe siecle' (‘Whitby: a seaside resort, from the eighteenth to the twentieth century'), in Y. Perret-Gentil, A. Lottin and J.-P. Poussu (eds.), Les villes balnéaires d'Europe occidentale du XVIIIe siecle a nos jours (Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2008), 233-59.
  • (In French, with Jason Wood), ‘La station balnéaire comme site du Patrimoine mondial? Le cas de Blackpool' (‘The seaside resort as World Heritage Site: the case of Blackpool'), in Y. Perret-Gentil, A. Lottin and J.-P. Poussu (eds.), Les villes balnéaires d'Europe occidentale du XVIIIe siecle a nos jours (Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris- Sorbonne, 2008), 423-52.
  • ‘Grand hotels and great events: history, heritage and hospitality', in N. Maillard (ed.), Beau-Rivage Palace: 150 Years of History (Lausanne, Switzerland: Payot, 2008), 102- 12.
  • ‘Tourism and holidays in Britain between the wars: approaches and opportunities', in H. Pussard and R. Snape (eds.), Recording leisure lives: histories, archives and memories of leisure in twentieth-century Britain (Brighton: Leisure Studies Association, 2009), 3- 20.
  • (with Jason Wood), ‘Reputation and regeneration: history and the heritage of the recent past in the re-making of Blackpool', in L. Gibson and J. Pendlebury (eds.), Valuing historic environments (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 115-37.
  • ‘Marketing the imagined past: Captain Cook and cultural tourism in North Yorkshire', in Rhodri Thomas (ed.), Managing regional tourism: a case study of Yorkshire, England (Ilkley: Great Northern Books, 2009), 220-32.
  • ‘Histories of tourism', in Tazim Jamal and Mike Robinson (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies (London: Sage Publications, 2009), 115-29.
  • ‘The post-war decline of the British Co-operative movement: causes and consequences', in L. Black and N. Robertson (eds.), Consumerism and the Co-operative movement in modern British history: taking stock (Manchester University Press, 2009), 13-32.
  • ‘Domestic tourism in Asia: contexts and directions', in Shalini Singh (ed.), Domestic tourism in Asia: diversity and divergence (London: Earthscan, 2009), 315-23.
  • ‘Balnearios marítimos, turismo de playa e espacios del ocio: España y México, siglos XIX y XX', in C. Contreras Cruz and C.P. Pardo Hernández (eds.), La modernización urbana en México y España, siglos XIX y XX (Puebla, Mexico: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2009), 493-511.
  • ‘Preface: some contexts for Yugoslav tourism history', in Hannes Grandits and Karin Taylor (eds.), Yugoslavia's sunny side: A history of tourism in socialism (1950s-1980s) (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2010), ix-xxii.
  • ‘The local, the regional and the popular: Britain and Spain', in K. Cowman and I. Packer (eds.), Radical cultures and local identities (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), 235-49.
  • ‘Thomas Cook: image and reality', in R. Butler and R. Russell (eds.), Giants of Tourism (Wallingford: CABI, 2010), 81-92.
  • ‘Seaside tourism and environmental history', in G. Massard-Guilbaud and S. Mosley (eds.), Common ground, converging gazes: integrating the social and environmental in history (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011), 66-85.
  • ‘Seaside resorts and international tourism', in Eric Zuelow (ed.), Touring beyond the nation: the history of tourism in pan-European and trans-national context (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011), 19-36.
  • ‘Ciudades costeras y balnearios marítimos: historia y patrimonio', in M. González Portilla, J.M. Beascoechea and K. Zarraga Sangroniz (eds.), Procesos de transición, cambio e innovación en la ciudad contemporánea (Bilbao: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco, 2011), 553-65.
  • ‘The idea of a University', in Michael Bailey and Des Freedman (eds.), The assault on our universities: a manifesto for resistance (London: Pluto Press, 2011), 15-26.
  • (with Fernando Molina), ‘An alternative Co-operative tradition: the Basque cooperatives of Mondragón' (pp. 226-50), in Webster, Brown, Shaw, Stewart and Walton (eds.), The hidden alternative, forthcoming 2011, listed below.

Indexed International Journals (Thomson-ISI, ERIH, SCOPUS…)

  • ‘Planning and seaside tourism: San Sebastián, 1863-1936', Planning Perspectives 17 (2002), 1-20.
  • ‘Locality, gender and Co-operation in England: a comment on Barbara J. Blaszak', Women's History Review 12 (2003), 477-88.
  • ‘Current trends in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish urban history', Urban History 30 (2003), 251-65.
  • (with David Tidswell), ‘"Classified at random by veritable illiterates": the taking of the Spanish census of 1920 in Guipúzcoa province', Continuity and Change 20 (2005), 287-313.
  • (with Jason Wood), ‘World Heritage Seaside', British Archaeology 90, September/October 2006, 10-15.
  • (with Ewa Mazierska), ‘Tourism and the moving image', Tourist Studies 6 (2006), 5-11.
  • ‘Commemorating the Co-op: nostalgia, identity and the visual traces of the Cooperative movement in twentieth-century Britain', Visual Resources 24, 2008, 159-72.
  • ‘Prospects in tourism history: evolution, state of play and future developments', Tourism Management 30 (2009), 783-93.
  • ‘New directions in business history: themes, approaches and opportunities', Business History 52 (2010), 1-16.
  • ‘Sport and the Basques: constructed and contested identities, 1876-1936', Journal of Historical Sociology, forthcoming 2011.
  • ‘Seaside tourism in Europe: business, urban and economic history', Business History 53, forthcoming 2011.
  • ‘Another Face of "Mass Tourism": San Sebastián and Spanish Beach Resorts under Franco, 1936-1975', Urban History, forthcoming 2012.

Indexed National Journals (ERIH, RESH, INRECS, MIAR, and indices for other countries)

  • ‘La clase media en el Reino Unido, 1837-1901: poder, identidad y cultura' (‘The middle class in Victorian Britain: power, identity and culture'), Historia Contemporánea 23 (2001), 423-43.
  • ‘Aproximación a la historia del turismo en el Reino Unido, siglos XVIII-XX', Historia Contemporánea 25 (2002), 65-82.
  • (with Ander Delgado), ‘La pesca y los pescadores en Inglaterra y el País Vasco, siglo XIX-1930: los casos de Whitby y Bermeo', Itsas Memoria: Revista de Estudios Marítimos del País Vasco 4 (2003), 563-82.
  • ‘Seaside resort regions and their hinterlands in Western Europe and the Americas, from the late eighteenth century to the Second World War', Storia del Turismo (Naples) 4 (2003), 69-87.
  • ‘Power, speed and glamour: the naming of express steam locomotives in inter-war Britain', Journal of Transport History, third series, 26 (2005), 1-19.
  • (In Polish), ‘Nowe spojrzenie na wczesna historie brytyjskiego kina-archiwum Mitchella i Kenyona' (‘Revising the early history of British cinema: the Mitchell and Kenyon archive'), Kwartalnik Filmowy 52 (2005), 6-16.
  • ‘Transport, travel, tourism and mobility: a cultural turn?', Journal of Transport History, third series, 27 (2006), 129-34.
  • ‘Beaches, bathing and beauty: health and bodily exposure at the British seaside from the eighteenth century to the twentieth', Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique 14(2), 2007, 119-36.
  • ‘New directions in British historiography: the emergence of cultural history?' Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique 14(4), 2008, 19-30.
  • ‘Welcome to the Journal of Tourism History', editorial introduction, Journal of Tourism History 1 (2009), 1-6.
  • ‘Seaside tourism on a global stage', a report on the international conference ‘Resorting to the coast: tourism, heritage and cultures of the seaside', Blackpool, June 2009, Journal of Tourism History 1 (2009), 151-60.
  • (with David Martín López), ‘Freemasonry and civic identity: municipal politics, business and the rise of Blackpool, from the 1850s to the First World War', Manchester Region History Review 21 (2010), 43-68.
  • ‘Iparralde and the imagined South: tourism, the Basques, and myths of the Midi in twentieth-century France', Nottingham French Studies 50 (2011), 105-16.
  • ‘Travel as a force of historical change', editor's introduction to special issue of Journal of Tourism History, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2011, 85-9.
  • ‘Cumbrian identities: some historical contexts', Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological and Antiquarian Society, third series, 11, forthcoming 2011.
  • ‘The origins of the modern package tour? British motor-coach tours in Europe, 1930- 1970', Journal of Transport History 32, forthcoming 2011.
  • ‘The history of British spa resorts: an exceptional case in Europe?', TST: Transportes, Servicios y Telecomunicaciones 20, forthcoming 2011.

Edited Books

  • (edited, with F.J. Caspistegui), Guerras danzadas. Fútbol e identidades locales y regionales en Europa, Baranain, Navarra: EUNSA/Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 2001, 245 pp.
  • (edited, with Stephen Caunce, Ewa Mazierska and Susan Sydney-Smith), Relocating Britishness, Manchester University Press, 2004, xii + 275 pp.
  • (edited), Histories of tourism: representation, identity and conflict, Clevedon: Channel View, 2005, viii + 244 pp.
  • (edited), Journal of Tourism History, London: Taylor and Francis, ISSN 1755-182X (print), 1755-1838 (on-line): Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2 (2009), 176 pp; Vol. 2, Nos. 1-3 (2010), 249 pp; Vol. 3, No. 1 (April 2011), 83 pp; Vol. 3, No. 2 (August 2011), 133pp.
  • (edited, with Patrick Browne), Coastal regeneration in English resorts – 2010, Lincoln: Coastal Communities Alliance, 2010, 253 pp.
  • (edited, with Peter Borsay), Resorts and ports: European seaside towns since 1700 (Bristol: Channel View, forthcoming October 2011), xvi + 218 pp.
  • (edited, with A. Webster, A. Brown, L. Shaw and D. Stewart), The hidden alternative: Co-operative values past, present and future (Manchester University Press, xv + 353 pp., forthcoming 2011).


  • ‘The rise of the seaside amusement park: international perspectives', annual conference, Institute for Archaeologists, Floral Hall, Southport, UK, April 2010.
  • 'Seaside tourism in Europe: approaches to a comparative history', European Workshop, ‘Innovation trajectories and the Development of Tourism in Europe, XVIII – XXI Centuries', Musée des Sciences de l'Homme, Aquitaine, and Université de Bordeaux, Pessac, Bordeaux, France, 3-4 May 2010.
  • ‘Histories and heritage of Basque football: the case of the Alavés football museum', Annual International Colloquium, Centre for the Study of Post-Conflict Cultures, University of Nottingham, UK, May 2010.
  • (with Clifford O'Neill), ´The motor car and the tourist experience: images, ideals, landscape and tourism in the English Lake District and the Basque Country, 1898- 1929', international workshop on ´Mobility and the Environment', Rachel Carson Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Munich, Germany, 3-5 June 2010.
  • (organized with with Professor Claudio Visentin, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, on behalf of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism), four sessions on ‘Travel as a force for historical change', 21st Conference of the International Commission for the Historical Sciences, Amsterdam, August 2010.
  • ‘Coastal resorts and cultural change in nineteenth-century Europe', European Social Fund Exploratory Workshop EW09-184, ‘The origins of European mass culture: European leisure in a comparative perspective, 1660-1870', University of Wales, Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Wales, 16-19 September 2010.
  • ‘Ciudades costeras y balnearios marítimos: historia y patrimonio´, 4to Congreso Latinoamericano de Investigación Turística, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, 23-25 September 2010.
  • ‘Time, money and the British week-end since the eighteenth century', inaugural symposium of the International Research Group for the Social Study of the Week-end, University of Porto, Portugal, 3-4 March 2011.
  • ‘Another face of "mass tourism": San Sebastián and the Spanish seaside under Franco, 1936-1975', Urban History Group annual conference, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK, 1 April 2011.
  • ‘Perspectives on the history of tourism', symposium on ‘Sport, leisure and the creative industries: historical perspectives', International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 9 September 2011.


  • Research Group of the Basque Academic System IT-429-10, headed by Dr Luis Castells (University of the Basque Country).
  • Research Project: "El proceso de nacionalización en el País Vasco contemporáneo (1808-1936). Un análisis desde el giro local", HAR200-03245/Hist, headed by Dr Luis Castells (University of the Basque Country).
  • Research Project: European Social Fund Exploratory Workshop EW09-184, ‘The origins of European mass culture: European leisure in a comparative perspective, 1660- 1870', headed by Professor Peter Borsay (University of Aberystwyth, Wales) and Dr Jan-Hein Furnée (University of Amsterdam).
  • Research Project: ‘The international business history of the Co-operative Movement', The Co-operative College, Manchester, UK, headed by Professor J.F. Wilson (University of Liverpool, UK), Dr A. Webster (Liverpool John Moores University, UK), and Professor J.K. Walton.
  • Symposium and Associated Publication, ‘International histories of mineral spring resorts', Fundación Mondariz Balneario and Novacaixagalicia, symposium 5-7 October 2011, publication of refereed papers in Journal of Tourism History 4 (1 and 2), 2012, academic organizer Professor J.K. Walton.