CFP: Early Modernists and the Archives, 1400-1800, The National Archives

Deadline: 15 December 2013

10 June 2014, The National Archives, Kew

Special Guests Include: Dr Angela McShane (V&A Museum), Dr Mark Jenner (University of York CREMS) & Dr Nick Barratt (TNA)

The archives are an essential tool for researchers of the the early modern period. This one-day conference will focus on the vast manuscript collection of TNA in Kew, and discuss how local and foreign archives can enrich Early Modern research. It will also bring together postgraduate and early career researchers to discuss the problems and opportunities associated with the use of archives. Expert archival staff will be present for a round-table discussion on these issues at the end of the day. The conference is open to all historians, including those with interests in economic, military, social, cultural, and religious history.

Possible topics include:

  • The ‘British’ Isles – unity and resistance
  • The British Empire overseas 1600-1800
  • Female & familial networks
  • Material culture in early modern consumer society
  • Monarchy and political culture
  • Manors, houses and castles
  • Local and community culture

While papers on these ideas are encouraged, please note that applicants are welcome to submit proposals about other subjects or ideas. Please send a 300 word abstract for a fifteen-minute paper to

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 December 2013. We will also be happy to answer any questions or queries sent to the email address above.


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