Projects past and present Projects past and present

Current Research Projects in the School of History


Dr Becky Taylor
An interdisciplinary historian specialising in twentieth century social history, particularly the dynamic relationship between the state and minorities. Combining archives and oral histories with a focus on the impact of state expansion, the welfare state, migration, and experiences of inclusion and marginalisation. Dr Taylor explores this in relation to Britain’s Gypsy Traveller community in her book Another Darkness, Another Dawn: A History of Gypies, Roma and Travellers (London, 2014) and (with Ben Rogaly) for the population of a cluster of stigmatised council estates in Norwich in Moving Histories of Class and Community: Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England (Basingstoke, 2009). Current projects focus on the reception of refugees to Britain in the twentieth century, which is the subject of a forthcoming book, and the development of research exploring how different kinds of migration reshaped urban space and lives between 1950 and 1980 in Britain.

Professor Nicholas Vincent
'Acta of the Plantagenets', a British Academy funded research project.

Professor Tom Willliamson
'Green Lanes' Project and 'Woodlands' Project, both funded by Norfolk County Council.
'Blickling Park and Estate', funded by the National Trust.

'Orchards East', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Recent research projects in the School of History

Dr Rob Liddiard
'Deer parks, wood pasture and bio-diversity', a Norfolk Biodiversity Project Fund which aims to ensure that comprehensive information about the historic location of Norfolk's deer parks is widely available and used to guide habitat management and creation schemes, agri-environment programmes etc.

Professor Nicholas Vincent
'A Historic and Diplomatic Introduction to the Charters of King Henry II, 1154-1189', AHRC Research leave awarded to enable Professor Vincent to conduct a proper and comprehensive study of the charters of Henry II.

Professor Tom Williamson

  • 'A GIS-aided study of agriculture and the landscape in Midland England', an Arts & Humanities Research Council Research Grant to study the Midland landscape from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century, using digital mapping and (GIS) technology to investigate the relationship between agricultural technology, field systems, environment and social structure.
  • 'Garden History Trust', funded by the Norfolk Gardens Trust to produce a summary gazetteer in order to raise public awareness of the rich legacy of gardens and designed landscapes in the county.
  • 'Survey of the Contorted Pines of the Brecks', funded by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Project Fund.
  • 'High Weald Historic Routeways Project', funded by East Sussex County Council.