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.
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.'
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.
Professor of early modern British political culture
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). His most recent book project, Cromwell's Trunks: Loyalty, Memory and Public Opinion 1658-1727, uses Hearth Tax records to help map the social and geographical spread of subscribers to loyal addresses. 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, with Trevor Dean and Glyn Parry, has co-edited the collection, Faith, Place and People (Boydell, 2018) in honour of Professor Margaret Spufford who started the British Academy Hearth Tax Project.