Dr Mark Merry MA, PhD (Kent)

Acting Director, Lecturer in Urban History, and IHR Digital Projects and Training Officer

+44 (0)20 7862 8750

Mark Merry is Senior Research Officer on the ESRC funded research project ‘Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London’ based at the CMH. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and Birkbeck.

Mark has contributed to a number of research projects at the CMH, notably the predecessors to the current LitS project ‘People in Place: families, households and housing in early modern London’ (AHRC) and ‘Housing environments and health in early modern London 1550-1750’ (Wellcome Trust); and has worked as the Collections Officer for the Arts and Humanities Data Service: History, formerly based at the University of Essex.

Research and publications


  • People in Place: Families, Households and Housing in Early Modern London (with V. Harding, P. Baker, M. Merry, O. Myhill, G. Newton and R. Smith) (London, 2008)


  • ‘Clothing, Culture and Identity in Early Modern England’, Textile History, 2003
  • ‘”To fasten itt upon his successors, heirs and owners of that howse… so longe as the world standeth”: family identity and Romney Marshlands in early modern Kent’, Romney Marsh: Coastal and Landscape Change Through the Ages, ed. A. Long, S. Hipkin and H. Clarke, Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 56 (Oxford, 2002). With C. Richardson.


  • Warwickshire Account Books, 1550-1650, Dugdale Society, 2009. With C. Richardson.
  • British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue, 4 vols and digital component, (Oxford University Press, 2010). With M. Wiggins and C. Richardson.

In preparation

  • ‘‘For the house her self and one servant’: family and household in late seventeenth-century London’, with P.Baker,  to be submitted to the London Journal in October 2008.
  • ‘Parishioners, pews and perimeters: // // residence and status in early modern London’, with P. Baker, to be submitted to Social History in November 2008.
  • ‘The material of status and urban politics in 15th century Bury St Edmunds’, in Negotiating the political in northern European urban society, c.1400-1600, ed. S. Sweetinburgh (BREPOLS, 2009).