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 and local record societies to publish Hearth Tax Series of volumes, which have both introductory essays and edited transcripts of assessments and returns with critical apparatus
2004: The British Academy adopted the National Hearth Tax Project and it continues to offer generous and invaluable support, with Professor Trevor Dean as chair.
2005: Dr Susan Rose retired 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 in partnership with the IHR.
2010-17: Hearth Tax Online serves as the Centre's electronic platform for publishing hearth tax data and analysis.
2016: Dr John Price leaves the Centre to become Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr Charlotte Berry joins the Centre.
2017: Dr Charlotte Berry leaves the Centre to take up a post a research post and Aaron Columbus joins the Centre
2017-20: The University of The Third Age Shared Learning Project on the Restoration hearth tax conducts research for publication on the Hearth Tax blog.
2018: The Hearth Tax Centre forms a partnership with the Centre for Information Modelling to work on Hearth Tax Digital, under the direction of Dr Andrew Wareham and Professor Georg Vogeler.
2019: Hearth Tax Digital is launched at the British Academy