History seminars at the IHR

British History in the Long 18th Century

Sponsored by Mark Storey

Convenors: Arthur Burns (King’s College London); Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, London); Margot Finn (University College London) Amanda Goodrich (Open University); Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex); Sarah Lloyd (University of Hertfordshire); with post-doctoral convenor Sally Holloway (Historic Royal Palaces); and PhD student convenor Joseph Cozens (University of Essex)

Seminar administrator: Gillian Williamson(gswilliamson@virginmedia.com)

Contacts: For offers of papers/panels in 2015-16, please contact Penelope J. Corfield (p.corfield@btconnect.com). For all other enquiries, please contact either Gillian Williamson or Penelope Corfield (email addresses as above).

Venue: Wolfson Room I unless otherwise stated.

Time: Wednesday, 5.15pm

Podcasts available on-line: http://www.history.ac.uk/podcasts/british-history-long-18th-century

Après-seminar:  All are warmly invited to drinks/dinner at local restaurant, with pegged charge of £15 per head for postgrads and immediate postdocs.


Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
14 October Trust the People: The English Approach to Arming and Training the "Mob" for Home Defence, 1779-1805

Margaret Bird (Royal Holloway, London University)

Venue: Bedford Room G37, Ground floor, South block, Senate House at 17:30

28 October Defining the "Underworld" over Time: Space, Place and Constructions of Criminality

Heather Shore (Leeds Metropolitan University)

11 November Northern Lights and Welsh Peasants: New Perspectives on the Late Hanoverian Clergy

Sara Slinn (University of Lincoln)

Venue: Pollard Room N301, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

25 November Showcasing New Postgraduate Talent - Lightning Talks

Venue: IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

9 December Entertainment and Edification: Changes in Childhood Pastimes in Georgian England

PANEL: Mary-Clare Martin (University of Greenwich); Alan Powers (New York University - London); Adrian Seville (City University, London)

Venue: Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, North block, Senate House

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
13 January Discussion of Richard Bourke's new study Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Princeton UP, 2015)

Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle University), Joanna Innes (Somerville College, Oxford University), Robert Travers (Cornell University) & Donald Winch (Sussex University)   

Joint session with the History of Political Ideas seminar

Venue: Room SH349, 3rd floor, South block, Senate House

20 January Francis Barber, c.1742-1801: From Jamaican Slave to Samuel Johnson's Heir

Michael Bundock (Dr Johnson’s House Trust, London) 

Please note: This will be an outreach event, held at Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE: entry from 5.30pm with open access to DJH, followed by talk at 6.00pm, and then a special reception for all comers at 7.15pm. Visitor numbers are restricted to 40, on a first register/first served basis. To register, please kindly contact gswilliamson@virginmedia.com.

3 February Cultures of Settlement, 1660-1780

Naomi Tadmor (University of Lancaster)

17 February The Jacobites in 1715 - Reconsidering the Battle of Preston

Jonathan Oates (London Borough of Ealing Archives)

The Jacobites and International Intrigue, 1708-59

Ralph Thompson (National Archives)

Joint panel

2 March Ned Ward's "Knack of Pleasing": Practices of Laughter in the Eighteenth Century

Kate Davison (University of Sheffield)

16 March Scroungers and Skivers? The Agencies of London Charity Beneficiaries, c.1800-34

Megan Webber (University of Hertfordshire)