RESEARCH UNITS : Great Britain

University of Exeter Department of History

University of Leicester Centre for English Local History

University of Reading Department of History

University of East Anglia Landscape Group (within the School of History)

Aberystwyth University Department of History

University of Exeter

Researchers

Overton, Mark, Professor of Economic History Signature
Whittle, Jane, Associate Professor
French, Associate Professor
Barry, Jonathan, Associate Professor

Contact

Department of History
Tel: ++44 1392 26328
Fax: ++44 1392 263305
Email:
University of Exeter
Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter EX4 4RJ
UK

Research interests

- Agrarian history of England 1250-1900
- Transition to capitalism in England
- Household production and consumption
- Agricultural households and agricultural servants
- Land tenure, commons and sharefarming

University of Leicester

Researchers

Dyer, Christopher, Professor of Regional and Local History
Jones, Richard, Lecturer in Landscape History

Contact

Centre for English Local History
University of Leicester
5, Salisbury Rd
Leicester LI1 7QR
UK
Tel: 0116 252 2762
Fax: 0116 252 5769
URL: http://www.le.ac.uk/el/

Research interests

- Landscape history, social history and economic history of England, with special
- reference tot rural settlements, regional variations, peasant economy etc.
- Medieval settlement and landscapes in the Whittlewoord area (Bucks and Northants)
- Agriculture and trade in north Gloucestershire at the end of the middle ages.
- Sense of place in Anglo-Saxon England.

University of Reading

Researchers

Hoyle, Richard W., Professor of Rural History
Burchardt, Dr J. F.S. (lecturer)
Yates, Dr M. H. (lecturer)
Collins, Prof. E. J. T. (Professor Emeritus)
Conford, Dr P. A. (Visiting Research Fellow)
Dewey, DR P (Visiting Research Fellow)

Contact

University of Reading - Department of History
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Reading,
Whiteknights, PO Box 218,
Reading, RG6 6AA, UK
Tel: 44-118-378-8147
Fax: 0118 378 6440
URL: http://www.reading.ac.uk/history/

Research interests

The University of Reading is the most important centre for the study of rural history in the UK. The Museum of English Rural Life, which is a department of the University Library, holds the national archive for the history of agriculture and farming in England besides a substantial library and museum. Professor Hoyle holds the only established chair of rural history in the UK. In addition, he edits the leading English language journal, Agricultural History Review and is the Director of the international conference being held in Brighton in September 2010: Rural History 2010.
British landholding, ownership and tenure, 1300-1900 (Hoyle, Yates), rural social history including urban attitudes to the countryside, 1800-2000; countryside history (Burchardt); development of the organic movement (Conford); agricultural technology and crafts (Collins, Dewey); field sports and non-productive uses of the British countryside after 1850 (Hoyle).

University of East Anglia

Researchers

Professor Tom Williamson

Contact

School of History
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich
NR4 7TJ

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 592871
Fax: +44 (0) 1603 507728
URL: http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/landscape-group

Research interests

Post-medieval archaeology, landscape archaeology, the history of garden design, environmental history and agricultural history. Chronologically, I range from the Iron Age to the nineteenth century:in general rural England; special interests include: ‘fringe’ archaeology and popular perceptions of the past; the history of water management (drainage, irrigation, and the exploitation of wetlands); the survival of prehistoric/Romano-British field systems within the modern landscape; the archaeology of hunting and trapping; and the origins of medieval systems of land division and territorial organisation.

Aberystwyth University

Researchers

SCHOFIELD, Phillipp, Head of Department

Contact

Department of History and Welsh History
Aberystwyth University, Department of History
Hugh Owen Building
Aberyswyth
SY23 3DY
Wales UK
Tel: +44 1970 622660
Fax: +44 1970 622676
URL: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/history/

Research interests

A variety of issues including history of science and technology, agrarian history, cultural, religious and political history, with an emphasis on European, British and North American history. The member of the research unit works on rural society in the high and late middle ages, expecially the peasantry, land market, the use of law, and response to crises.

 
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