CMH Research projects
Scientific instrument makers depended on specialised suppliers of optical glass for microscopes, telescopes and other technical instruments.
This is the first study to compare the effect of epidemic disease on two of the major cities of seventeenth-century Europe, using the outbreaks of 1630-3 in Florence and 1665 in London as case studies.
This project, undertaken in partnership with Birkbeck and the University of Cambridge, builds upon the work of the ‘People in Place: families, households and housing in early modern London’ project.
Intended as an experiment in developing and demonstrating the potential uses of image databases in university training and research, this project aims to provide an introduction to the skilled workforce in early modern London and is also intended to encourage the use of museum artefact collection
During this period London's population grew tenfold, but that increase was more than matched by an expansion in the range of skills practised by its inhabitants, in both manufacturing and services.
During this period London emerged as the world centre for financial, insurance, and commodity markets. The project is concerned with the impact of this development on that central area of the city where financial and insurance services were housed.
The uniquely comprehensive and detailed taxation records of these years will be used to explore the social and economic geography of London at a time when it emerged as a metropolis of world standing.
This project studies the influence of the merchant classes on the politics and society of late-Stuart England.
Eighteenth century legal records contain a wealth of information about London business and social history, but are little used because most of their existing indexes are to plaintiffs' names only, making a subject approach very difficult.