In 2017, Professor Matthew Woodcock was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellowship for his project, 'Accessing the Records of Early English Drama in Norwich, 1540-1642' (2017-2019).  The project will produce a comprehensively revised and expanded edition of the Norwich 1540-1642 volume of the Records of Early English Drama series, and will also lead to the production of an education pack for Schools (based on Elizabeth I's 1578 visit to Norwich) to be designed in conjunction with the Forum Trust, Norwich.  

Dr Tom Roebuck leads the 'Unlocking the Archive' project, which involves many colleagues in the research group. The aim of the project is to make the Renaissance books held in Norfolk's archives available to a wider audience, through an innovative series of hands-on, creative events. The project's current partners are the Norfolk Heritage Centre and Blickling Estate (part of the National Trust).  

Dr Rebecca Pinner and Dr Karen Smyth are Co-Directors of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, 'Paston Footprints 600', which aims to recover and make available to the wider public the records and lives of one of Norfolk's greatest families, the Pastons.   


In 2020, we are delighted to be hosting the bi-annual Society for Renaissance Studies Conference.

In 2018, we hosted the International Anchoritic Society Conference (28th-30th June 2018)

During both semesters, we run regular research seminars, in which we hear papers from leading scholars in the field of medieval and early-modern studies from across the United Kingdom.

Our series in 2018/19 included talks by Dr Mary Morrissey (Reading), Professor Laurie Maguire (Oxford), Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Dr Alexander Lee (Warwick), Dr Dianne Mitchell (Oxford), and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster), as well as our own Dr Conor Leahy and Tom Rutledge and Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones from the School of History.