Portrait of Jean Miélot, Burgundian scribe.

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Issues concerning forms of communication and intellectual exchange are core to the research of several members of the Department, working on medieval, early-modern and modern history.

We are interested in how networks of communication, whether by word, manuscript or print, develop, shape and reflect intellectual and cultural trends as diverse as those concerning sexuality, crime, mercantile practice, and religious beliefs.

Common concerns include the way manuscripts and correspondence created communities of shared interest (Milton and West); the relationship between manuscripts and print in the development of such networks (Milton); the impact of newspaper representations of crime and morality (Bingham, Harvey and Shoemaker); experiences of reading printed literature (Harvey and Shoemaker); and the development of new tools for exploiting massive digital texts in order to answer these and other questions (Bingham and Shoemaker).


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Anthony works on early modern English print culture, and the communication of ideas in the seventeenth century between England and western Europe. His forthcoming monograph England's Second Reformation involves detailed study of scribal publication and the interaction of manuscript and printed texts in the mid-seventeenth century.
Bob is interested in the impact of the explosion of print in eighteenth-century England, with particular reference to its impact on attitudes towards crime, justice and punishment. He is co-director of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online and associated projects.

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Dr Charles West
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Charles West (early medieval literacy and manuscript culture) works on the communication of ideas in the early medieval period, and in how processes of manuscript transmission imposed constraints upon but also provided possibilities for that communication, across space and over time.


Postgraduates (recent and current)

Aaron Ackerley
'Economic Discourse in the Depression: A Study of British Newspapers in Inter-War Britain.'

Leo Bird
'BBC Comedy and the changing identity of young people in British society, 1945-60.'

David Coast
'The Politics of Information in the Newsletter Collections of William Trumbull and Sir Dudley Carleton, 1616-25.'

Patrick Glen
'Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White: Morality in the Music Press, 1967-1983.'
Anna Jenkin
'Perceptions of the Murderess in Eighteenth-century London and Paris, 1674-1789.'

George Newberry
'The Representations of 'Race' in British Science and Culture during the Eighteenth Century.'

Ross Paulger
‘Gendering the Sexual Revolution: The Role of the Anglo-American Quality Press, 1960-1980.’

Richard Ward
'Print Culture and Responses to Crime in Mid-Eighteenth-Century London.'


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Centre for the Study of Journalism and History

A forum for interdisciplinary research on journalism and history. The Centre examines journalism as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse, with a particular interest in developing robust methodologies for exploiting digital archives of journalism content.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online

A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing narrative accounts of 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.