CFP: Early Modernists and the Archives, 1400-1800

10 June 2014

The National Archives, Kew

Dr Angela McShane (V&A Museum), Dr Mark Jenner (University of York CREMS) & Dr Nick Barratt (TNA)

The archives are an essential tool for researchers of the early modern period. This one-day conference will focus on the vast manuscript
collection of The National Archives in Kew, and discuss how local and foreign archives can enrich Early Modern research. It will also bring
together postgraduate and early career researchers to discuss the problems and opportunities associated with the use of archives. Expert
archival staff will be present for a round-table discussion on these issues at the end of the day. The conference is open to all historians, including
those with interests in economic, military, social, cultural, and religious history.

Possible topics include:

  • The ‘British’ Isles – unity and resistance
  • The British Empire overseas 1600-1800
  • Female & familial networks
  • Material culture in early modern consumer society
  • Monarchy and political culture
  • Manors, houses and castles
  • Local and community culture

While papers on these ideas are encouraged, please note that applicants are welcome to submit proposals about other subjects or ideas.

Please send a 300 word abstract for a fifteen-minute paper to

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 13 December 2013. The organisers will also be happy to answer any questions or queries sent to the email address above.
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