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Research Centre Members

 

Director

 

Andrew Wareham

Dr Andrew Wareham, Reader in medieval economic history
Since 2005 Andrew Wareham has been Director of the British Academy Hearth Tax Project and the Centre for Hearth Tax Research at the University of Roehampton. He has co-edited four hearth tax volumes (Essex, London & Middlesex, Westmorland and West Riding). An article in the Local Historian 41 (2011) discussed empty properties to analyse both the impact of the 1665 plague and new building programmes in the City of London and the suburbs. In addition Dr Wareham has presented a number of papers on the hearth tax at conferences and workshops, including a talk on 'Researching house history from the Hearth Tax' at an event organised by the Friends of Historic Essex on 14th of July 2012.
E-mail: a.wareham@roehampton.ac.uk

 

Members

 

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Dr John Price, Research Officer, Centre for Hearth Tax Research
John Price has been the Research Assistant, and then Research Officer, for the Centre since 2004. He is responsible for the statistical analysis and tabulation of research data as well as administering the Centre's two websites, liaising with consultants and managing outreach and Knowledge Transfer activities. John is also an Associate Lecturer in Modern British History at  Goldsmiths, University of London. His latest book is, Everyday Heroism: Victorian Constructions of the Heroic Civilian (Bloomsbury, 2014) and he is also the content author of a mobile app, The Everyday Heroes of Postman's Park launched in 2013. His next book will be The Everyday Heroes of Postman's Park (The History Press, 2015).
E-mail: j.price@roehampton.ac.uk

 

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Professor Trevor Dean, Professor of Medieval History
Professor Trevor Dean was part of the group of historians at Roehampton University who founded the Centre for Hearth Tax Studies in 1999. At its foundation the Centre had a commitment to branching the division between cultural and economic history, and Professor Dean has served the Hearth Tax in various capacities, including Chair of the British Academy Management Committee for the Hearth Tax Project and Chair of the Centre for Hearth Tax Research Steering Group. Wider comparative publications on social and economic history include, 'Wealth distribution and litigation in the medieval Italian countryside: Castel San Pietro, Bologna, 1385' Continuity & Change, 17 (2002), pp. 333-50.'
E-mail: t.dean@roehampton.ac.uk

 

Professor Glyn Parry, Professor of Early Modern History
Professor Glyn Parry joined Roehampton as Professor of Early Modern History in 2013. He has published widely on Reformation thought, on the history of magic and its interactions with early modern politics, particularly his biography of The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee (Yale UP, 2012), and on the archival evidence pertaining to Shakespeare's Warwickshire and London backgrounds. The latter has introduced him to the name-rich sources of the Elizabethan Chancery and Exchequer at the National Archives, and he is currently engaged in collaborative work on several projects drawn from those sources, as well as on tracing the scholarly connections between early modern universities and other educational institutions.

 

Dr Sara Pennell, Senior Lecturer early modern British History
Dr Sara Pennell has been involved as a research collaborator with the Centre for Hearth Tax Research and the British Academy Hearth Tax Project since 2006. With research interests in early modern domestic interiors and households, she has a particular fascination with how the Hearth Tax was administered as a tax which targeted the house as a source of taxation; and with the role played by household spaces and goods – from the hearth itself, to the furnishings and chattels taken by officials when householders didn't pay their 'Chimney Money'. She has participated in several Hearth Tax-related conferences (such as Restoration London, held at the IHR in 2010), and is currently writing an article about the consequences of refusing the pay the Hearth Tax in London.
E-mail: s.pennell@roehampton.ac.uk

 

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Dr Ted Vallance, Reader in early modern history
Ted Vallance's work focuses on questions of loyalty and allegiance in seventeenth-century England. His research employs a variety of name-rich documents (petitions, addresses and oath rolls). Aside from his articles and book on this subject (Revolutionary England and the National Covenant, Boydell, 2005), Ted has also written on the value of these documents (specifically oath rolls) for family historians in BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine (2008). He has also contributed to Hearth Tax events ('Early Modern Ancestors' Day' 2010) and is currently engaged in a 'crowd-sourcing' project which aims to use the knowledge and expertise of family historians to help generate a finding list for the 1723 oath rolls.
E-mail: edward.vallance@roehampton.ac.uk

 

Ruth Selman, AHRC supported PhD candidate - Poverty and the Hearth Tax in Restoration, Essex
E-mail: selmanr@roehampton.ac.uk

 

University of Roehampton Senior Research Fellows

Dr Catherine Ferguson
Dr Elizabeth Parkinson
Sarah Pearson
Dr Jayne Rimmer
Pete Seaman

Project Consultants currently working for the Project

Duncan Harrington, Records Agent
Simon Neal, Palaeographer
Mike Shand, GIS Cartographer