c.1450-1750; portraiture; symbolism and visual culture; provincial culture and learning.Currently: ritual &ceremony; material culture; history of Norwich
I am an historian of earl-modern England with a special interest in the history of East Anglia.Currently I am engaged with others in editing volume VI of The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey. My other major project at present centres on the history of Norwich, c.1450-1750. This includes both a general book on the history of the city in this period, and a more detailed book on civic ritual.
My customary practice is to approach large questions through detailed case studies. This has resulted in an unusually wide range of engagements over the years with various `types'of history. The range includes legal and constitutional history; the history of the universities; localism and regionalism;the history of cartography; great houses; material culture; symbolism and semiology; emblems; memory; provincial culture; ritual; portraiture.
Post-retirement I have been seconded to teach in the Centre for Staff and Educational Development in the hope that over forty years of experience may be of interest to new members of faculty.
Ritual Dynamics: Mayor Making in Early Modern Norwich
Journal of Historical Sociology (2009) 22(3) 396-419