In the field of Early Modern history, the school supports four major research initiatives.
The first is funded by the AHRC and focuses on custom and perceptions of the past through a study of early modern England. The second is a JISC-funded project on the history of political discourse before 1800 and the third a British Academy funded Virtual Reading Group, which fosters electronic discussion about primary and secondary texts. The British Academy currently supports the ongoing project to publish all the Bacon papers. Research is also undertaken in Spanish social history, Italian gender and religious history, and the history of popular culture.