Centre History

History and development of the Centre for Hearth Tax Research

1995: The Roehampton University Centre for Hearth Tax Studies was established under the direction of Professor Margaret Spufford FBA. Under her leadership an organizational framework was established with a team of volunteers being assembled to transcribe the documents, supported by a team of consultants and technical experts specialising in palaeography, Historical GIS mapping and statistical analysis.

The award of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund paid for the microfilming of hearth tax records stored in The National Archives, while occasional grants from the Aurelius Trust, the British Academy, JISC, the Leopard Head's Press, the Marc Fitch Fund and the Nuffield Foundation paid for key needs, such as the palaeographical checks and the listing of exemption certificates.

A partnership was established with the British Record Society which now publishes Centre research as part of its Hearth Tax Series of volumes.

2004: The British Academy adopted the National Hearth Tax Project and it continues to offer generous and invaluable support.

2005: Dr Susan Rose retired from the Centre and Dr John Price was appointed as Research Assistant / Project Manager.

2006: Prof. Spufford retired from the Centre and Dr Andrew Wareham was appointed as Director.

2007: The AHRC London and Middlesex Hearth Tax Project was established.

2009: The AHRC-supported Collaborative Doctoral Studentship on Poverty in early-modern Essex was undertaken by Ruth Selman.

2010: Launch of Hearth Tax Online, the Centre's electronic platform for publishing hearth tax data and analysis.