History seminars at the IHR
Locality & Region
This seminar welcomes all those who are interested in the relationship between local and national history and who wish to share ideas, viewpoints and work in progress. It seeks to make an original contribution to local and regional history by drawing upon the long-established national resources of the VCH and co-operating with participants from universities, record offices, local history societies and heritage organisations, as well as with those engaged in independent research.
Convenors: Professor Richard Hoyle (VCH, IHR), Adam Chapman (VCH, IHR), Professor John Beckett (University of Nottingham), Matthew Bristow (VCH, IHR), Dr Christopher Currie (IHR), Dr Gill Draper (University of Kent), Dr Alan Thacker (IHR)
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Time: alternate Tuesdays at 17:15
Venue: Room N304, 3rd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House
Post-War Council Housing in North London: The case of Hornsey 1947-1964
After retiring, John became the volunteer curator and archivist for the Hornsey Historical Society before studying for an MA in Metropolitan and Regional History at the IHR, graduating in 2009. He is a frequent contributor to the HHS and has written five books on different aspects of north London.
Digital approaches to late medieval buildings in south-eastern England
Catriona Cooper (Southampton)
Catriona has a PhD from Southampton together with a BA in Archaeology & MA in MSc in Archaeological Computing (Spatial Technologies). She is working on a thesis exploring lived experience in late medieval buildings through digital technologies.
This paper explores the use of digital technologies to explore lived experience in late medieval buildings through two case studies. The first, based at Bodiam Castle uses digital visualisation techniques to envision the private apartments. The second, presents auralization as a method for exploring sound at Ightham Mote. The conclusions demonstrate that digital techniques that work across senses can provide a robust mechanism for exploring the concept of lived experience, and for exploring the lived experience of specific medieval buildings.
'The Local and the Global - Cultures of Empire in the Scottish Highlands, c. 1876-1902
Ben Thomas (IHR)
Ben has a PhD from Aberdeen and is the 2015–16 Pearsall Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research working on the Royal Naval Reserve in rural Scotland and Wales, c.1900–1939
This paper explores the impact of the British Empire back home in Britain, by looking at the relationship between a particular region - the Highlands and Islands of Scotland - and the Empire in the 'age of high imperialism'. It will concentrate on a rural region of Britain, and explore how empire was experienced and understood at a level below that of the nation.
'Liber homo fuit: Landscape and landholding in pre-Conquest Staffordshire'
Andrew studied Astrophysics at the University of Leicester, gained a First Class MA in European Historical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and PhD from Keele exploring the early medieval history and archaeology of the diocese of Lichfield and the cult of its patron saint, St Chad.
This paper will explore evidence provided by the historic landscape, place-names and topography of tenth- and eleventh-century Staffordshire, as well as that contained within Domesday Book and charters, in order to characterize those landholders other than the king, earls, bishop and abbots who otherwise dominate the record. The relationships of these people with royal authority will also be analysed, with a view to evaluating some of the causes and consequences of the creation of the shire and its constituent hundreds.
Meeting places in the Northern Danelaw, c. 900-c. 1100
Tudor completed a PhD at Durham in 2014.
This paper seeks to characterise the dynamic relations between meeting places and their associated administrative divisions in the early medieval northeast. It will draw upon numerous strands of evidence in order to map and analyse the shifting landscape, combining established emphases upon documentary sources and place-names with an ever growing corpus of archaeological data.
'Stranger than fiction'? Alien accommodation and Dutch architectural influence in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Sandwich
Alison trained as a Building Surveyor prior to working in the heritage sector. She is based at the University of Kent where she is currently completing her doctorate on the ‘Dutch houses’ of east Kent. Her research interests include vernacular building in England and the Low Countries, and the history of the Flemish and Walloon communities in England.
This session presents results of archival work which confirm the unlikely nature of previously suggested links between the influx of Dutch-speaking immigrants and the subsequent spread of a local ‘Netherlandish’ building style. The challenge of mapping the presence of ‘strangers’ and ‘strange-looking’ buildings given minimal documentary, visual and cartographical records will also be discussed.
Forms of democracy in rural England, 1550-1800, and their enemies
Professor Richard Hoyle
Richard is the Director and Executive Editor of the VCH
Contrasting communities: open and closed parishes revisited
Dr Kate Tiller
Kate is Chair of the Oxfordshire VCH Trust. Her academic fields are British social and local history, with particular interests in English rural change post-1760 and in religion and community in Britain since 1730. She is currently working on a third edition of ‘English Local History: an Introduction.’
A disappearing landscape: the heathlands of the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders 1750-1914
Dr Alan Crosby
Alan is, among many other things, editor of the journal of the British Association of Local Historians.