Kentish early modern history since Joan Thirsk to be explored

25 March 2015

A conference exploring the unique and exciting research in Kentish early modern studies will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 28 March.

The event entitled, New Directions in Kent History since Joan Thirsk, is jointly organised between the Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology at the University, the Historical Association and Kent Archaeological Society.

Joan Thirsk was a social historian of the 20th century, who believed in putting the history of people, especially rural people, at the centre of academic studies. Joan retired to Kent for the last 30 years of her long and distinguished life and highlighted her desire to make ‘academic’ history accessible to a wide audience, as her successors will do in this event.

The one day conference themes include Early Modern Towns, including Faversham and Chatham,Producers and Consumers, looking at enterprising clothiers in the Weald, Challenging Authority in the Countryside, focusing on loyalty faced by deer park keepers and disputes with farmers, andKent and the Wider World, investigating Canterbury’s influence on the London theatre of Elizabeth’s reign.

Jackie Eales, Professor of Early Modern History and former President of the Historical Association, will welcome the guests to the conference and introduce the days speakers who include, Dr Lorraine Flisher and Dr Shelia Sweetinburgh from the Department of History and Dr Claire Bartram from the Department of English Literature at the University.

New Directions in Kent History since Joan Thirsk takes place on Saturday 28 March in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre in Old Sessions House on the North Holmes campus. To book a place, email Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh, sheila.sweetinburgh@canterbury.ac.uk.  More information about the event can be found on the Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology’s webpages.

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