MemberDavid Hope

…British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Member

Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies, Member

Economic History Society, Member

Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow

Royal Historical Society, Member…

I am an economic historian specialising in the history of British overseas trade circa 1700 to 1850. I am particularly interested in the connections between commerce, colonialism, and consumption through the study of chartered trading companies, commodities, merchants, and distribution. As Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow — a one-year postdoctoral position co-sponsored by the Economic History Society, Newcastle University, and the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London) — I am writing my first monograph on the subject of the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British Atlantic fur trade: a publication that advances my doctoral thesis beyond the records of the Hudson’s Bay Company by using new research into Scottish-Canadian merchant papers undertaken in Montreal, Ottawa, and Winnipeg over the summer of 2018. By locating the British fur trade within the wider ‘Atlantic World’, the book explores what this trade suggests about the institution of empire, the emergence of an integrated Atlantic economy, and the circulation of commodities in an era of protoglobalisation and burgeoning consumerism. I joined Newcastle University in October 2016 as a Teacher in History after completing my doctorate at Northumbria University. I have taught widely on the history of Britain, Europe, the Americas, and world empires at Newcastle, Northumbria, and Teesside Universities.

MemberBrodie Waddell

…I am the Principal Investigator on ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ (2019-20), with Jason Peacey of UCL and Sharon Howard of Birkbeck. This project is primarily funded by an AHRC Research Grant, AH/S0001654/1. It has also been supported by two small grants from the Economic History Society in 2014-15 and 2019-20….

How did how ordinary people respond to the challenges they faced in an era of rapid social, political and economic change? This is the question at the heart of my research agenda, but the approaches that I have adopted to answer it have included a wide variety of different methods and have ranged across several centuries of English history. My current research focuses on the pratice of petitioning, one of the most common ways for people without official political power to push the authorities to act. This project is funded by grants from the AHRC and the Economic History Society, which has enabled me to draw on thousands of surviving petitions to local and central government from c.1570 to c.1800. It shows how these written requests and complaints became a crucial mode of communication between the ‘rulers’ and the ‘ruled’. People at all levels of society – from noblemen to paupers – used petitions to make their voices heard. In my other research, I have explored many more facets of early modern history, as outlined below. Although some of this work is still on-going, many of the results can be found in the articles, chapter and book listed under my publications.   Research interests My research interests span a variety of aspects of England, c.1550-1750, including:

  • petitions and supplications
  • writing practices among middling and labouring people
  • the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution of 1688
  • charity, welfare and the poor law
  • religious responses to economic issues
  • craft guilds and local government
  • land management and common resources
  • protest, riot and rebellion
  • ballads, pamphlets and other printed ‘popular culture’

MemberChristopher Woolgar

I have a long-standing interest in the history of the everyday, especially in the medieval period, in patterns of documentation and in editorial work. My current research focuses on the objects of daily life, their significance and the meaning of material culture in the later Middle Ages. I have written about the medieval great household, sensory perception, food and diet, and published editions of medieval household accounts, and episcopal wills and inventories. I spent more than 30 years working as an archivist, latterly as Head of Special Collections at the University of Southampton Library, and I have interests in political, military and official papers – and in the study of diplomatic more generally. I have been the editor of the Journal of Medieval History since 2009. I have just completed an edition, with Barbara Harvey, of The States of the Manors of Westminster Abbey, c.1300-1422, to be published by the British Academy in its Records of Social and Economic History series in 2019.

MemberKeerthi Purushothaman

My MA dissertation was on understanding a particular kind of urban space within Chennai, India, which falls at the intersection of legal pluralism (porosity of land tenure), religiosity (temple-owned land), and public policy (intersecting governance institutions). My broad research interests include urban sociology, land governance, public housing, legal pluralism, and urban sustainability. Having graduated from an interdisciplinary five-year integrated course, my research interests have varied throughout the years. Being exposed to literature from different disciplines without its rigid boundaries has helped me read them in relation to each other. I am also interested in reading philosophy, economic history, poetry, gender theory, and disability studies.