In collaboration with the Friends of Historic Essex, the Essex Record Office and The National Archives, Roehampton University invites applications for doctoral research to explore and develop new understandings of poverty in early modern Essex, through the application of comparative and/or interdisciplinary methods, with a focus upon rural and urban communities in Essex. The student will be encouraged to test and develop suitable methodologies by drawing upon the hearth tax returns, exemption
certificates, and parish and other local records relating to the experiences of poverty in the period c. 1660 to c. 1690. An interest in economic and social history and/or local and regional studies in the early modern period is desirable, as is an interest in outreach activities. The successful candidate will have an exceptional level of access to the archives in the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford and The National Archives in Kew (London), and will benefit from the resources, experience and support of the School of
The project will be supervised by Dr Andrew Wareham (Roehampton University), Dr Chris Thornton (Friends of Historic Essex), Professor Peter Edwards (Roehampton University), Dr Sara Pennell (Roehampton University) and Peter Seaman (The National Archives).
Closing date for the applications is Friday 5 June at 5.00pm.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 29 June or 6 July.
Further details and application forms are available at
Contact Andrew Wareham to discuss the project.
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