Events and Outreach Activities

The Centre works to disseminate its research to the widest possible audience, be it local, national or international, and to engage with a range of different groups. This is successfully undertaken through regular outreach activities, which have included workshops, volunteer events, specialised hearth tax symposia, postgraduate conferences and innovative collaborations with public sector organisations.

Launch of Yorkshire East Riding Hearth Tax 1672-3

Edited by David Neave, Susan Neave, Catherine Ferguson and Elizabeth Parkinson, assisted by John Price and Cliff Webb, British Record Society Hearth Tax Series Volume X, 600 pp., 30 plates., 9 tables, 16 maps.

Thanks to support from the British Academy and the University of Hull around 60 people attended the launch of the Yorkshire East Riding Hearth Tax edition on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at Hull History Centre. The delegates included representatives of local record societies, together with many family historians, genealogists, the former students of Dr David Neave and Dr Susan Neave, and members of the public. Following a series of talks by Editors and the Project Director, there was a reception which provided an opportunity for informal discussion, followed by a short walking tour of late seventeenth-century Hull organized by the Neaves. At the bookstall all the East Riding volumes were sold, together with a large number of other volumes on northern England. The event would have been a source of considerable pleasure to Professor David Hey, to whom the volume was dedicated, but who sadly passed away earlier in the year. 

Talks at the Launch:

  • The Hearth Tax Project and the British Record Society - Dr Catherine Ferguson, General Editor of British Record Society Hearth Tax Series and Senior Research Fellow, University of Roehampton
  • The East Riding hearth tax in a broader context - Dr Andrew Wareham, Director, British Academy Hearth Tax Project & Centre for Hearth Tax Research, University of Roehampton 
  • The buildings of Hull, Beverley and the East Riding in the hearth tax - Dr Susan Neave and Dr David Neave, University of Hull

Previous Events

After Margaret Spufford: English Local History Now - 19-20 June 2015

This conference, in the academic home that recognised Professor Margaret Spufford with a Chair, aimed both to celebrate and commemorate, and to assess and evaluate Margaret’s contribution to early modern history in both its content and its methods.

London and Middlesex Hearth Tax volume launch event - 26 June 2014

The Hearth Tax in Essex – 14 June 2012

Early-Modern Ancestors Day - 18 June 2011

Restoration London Conference - 22-23 September 2010

'Charity and Community' Postgraduate Conference - 2009

The British Academy Hearth Tax Project 3rd Annual Conference - Saturday 6th September 2008

The British Academy Hearth Tax Project 2nd Annual Conference - September 2007

The British Academy Hearth Tax Project 1st Annual Conference - September 2006