Research in History
Suffolk History is currently ranked at No.1 for student satisfaction within the Complete University Guide (CUG 2020) and has been so placed in 9 of the previous 10 years. Similarly, History is ranked at No.2 in the UK in the most recent Guardian University League Table (2019).
The team welcomes research applications with a focus in the following areas for the early modern and modern period: rural society and agriculture; environment; crime and punishment; military history and gender history as well broader art historical topics, in particular.
Louise Carter, 'Scarlet Fever: Women's Enthusiasm for Men in Uniform 1780-1815', in Kevin Linch and Matthew McCormack (eds.), Britain’s Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715-1815 (Liverpool University Press, 2014), 155-179
John Greenacre, ‘“Flexible Enough to Adapt”: British Airborne Forces’ Experience during Post Conflict Operations 1944-1946’, British Journal of Military History, 4, 1, 2017
John Greenacre, “When Opportunity Arises”: British Airborne Operations in the Mediterranean, 1941–1944’, in Andrew Hargraves et al (ed.) Allied Fighting Effectiveness in North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945
Harvey Osborne, ‘John Bright’s Poacher: Poaching, politics and the illicit trade in live game in early Victorian England', Agricultural History Review, 66, 2, 2018, 215-237
Harvey Osborne, ‘Unwomanly practices’: Poaching crime, gender and the female offender in the nineteenth-century, Rural History, Cambridge University Press, 27,(2), 2016, 149–168
Recent Conference Papers:
John Greenacre and Harvey Osborne, ‘Fish, Fishing and Fishermen during the First World War’, Conflicts Autour du Detroit De La Fin Du Moyen Age Au XXI Siecle, Colloque Historique, Calais, 2018
Lisa Wade, ‘The Case of Anna Airy’, Conflicts Autour du Detroit De La Fin Du Moyen Age Au XXI Siecle, Colloque Historique, Calais, 2018
Research in English and Creative Writing
Our English team place emphasis on the way in which the past influences our present and value the use of empirical evidence to challenge, to inspire and to foster the creative process. Our location in Suffolk is important to us. Placing Suffolk histories and records at the centre of their research activity enables our award winning writers and internationally respected academics to employ the power of past heritage to fire the imaginative process.
The research team would encourage research applications in creative writing, oral history, literary theory, and the poetry and prose of Suffolk, in particular.
Amanda Hodgkinson, Spilt Milk, Penguin, London, 2014
Amanda Hodgkinson, 22 Britannia Road, Penguin, London, 2011
Jenny Amos, ‘The Raising and Lowering of High Tides: An investigation of /ai/ and /au/ dipthong variation in Mersea Island English’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain 2016
PHOTOGRAPH CAPTION: The Union House, Wortham From Reverend Cobbold's 'Features of Wortham in the summer of 1860'. The volume contains illustrations of each of the buildings or places in the village of Wortham and written notes on the occupiers. Many are watercolours but some are apparently pastel with some kind of glaze. Executed in the 'primitive' style. Cobbold is outspoken in his condemnation of the Poor Law and of the way that the poor were treated and was very sympathetic to their plight. He worked for a time as Chaplain to the Union House and saw for himself the way the whole system worked, from both sides. In many places in these books he points out the desperate conditions in which people lived.