Projects

Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700

This is an AHRC-funded 4 year project that uncovers the human cost of the Civil Wars by investigating how maimed soldiers and war widows petitioned for pensions and gratuities from the Long Parliament, the Protectorate and the Restoration regimes. Dr Andrew Hopper is the Principal Investigator, with co-investigators Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham), Dr Lloyd Bowen (University of Cardiff) and Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton). The project will deliver a website maintained by the Multimedia Online Archive Service at the University of Nottingham. The website will provide a database of claimants to military welfare, including photographs and transcriptions of their petitions. The research will support a monograph, an edited volume and several journal articles. There will also be an education website entitled 'Death and Survival in the Civil Wars', and a series of educational events at the National Civil War Centre. The project is scheduled to commence from 1 June 2017.

Flood and Flow: Place Names and the Changing Hydrology of River Systems

Flood and Flow is two-year interdisciplinary research project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The project is based at the Centre, but draws on expertise from the Institute of Name Studies at the University of Nottingham, the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, and the School of Geography at the University of Southampton.

Flooding, linked to climate change, is recognised in the Committee for Climate Change Risk Assessment Report 2017 as the single largest environmental threat to the UK.   In England alone, 5.2 million homes are now at risk from flooding, a figure expected to rise significantly in the next few decades. In 2014 the annual cost of flood damage was placed at £1.1 billion and predicted to rise to £27 billion by 2080

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

This is a Wellcome Trust funded interdisciplinary project, involving Professor Peter King, on the Power and Uses of the Criminal Corpse and on attitudes to the corpse and its parts. The main focus of the project is the British experience and the period between the Murder Act of 1752 and the Anatomy Act of 1832 when the bodies of executed murderers were legally required to be either dissected or hanged in chains (displayed on a gibbet). The core theme is the interrelated ways in which the dead body of the executed criminal could still be powerful and useful.

The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: evidence, memories, inventions

The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain is a major multidisciplinary research programme being funded by The Leverhulme Trust, running from 2011 to 2015. The overall aim of the project is to conduct research into the impact of ancient diasporas on the cultural and population history of Britain and how these events have shaped identities in the British Isles both in the past and in the present. As part of this project, Dr Richard Jones focuses on the links between people and the land, c.400 and c.1500 AD, and how the landscape was exploited both as an economic resource, and as a medium through which personal and community identities (particularly of the non-elite) were negotiated.

The Nichols Archive Project

The Nichols Archive Project is providing scholars with an analytical guide to the correspondence and collected papers of the Nichols family of printers and antiquaries between the time of John Nichols (1745-1826) and the death of his grandson, John Gough Nichols, in 1873.

The Trans-national Atlas and Database of Saints' Cults

The Transnational Database and Atlas of Saints' Cults is a collaborative project which aims to establish a parish-by-parish, commune-by-commune inventory of religious devotion in Europe and beyond.

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