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  on May 12, 2009 at 17:30 p.m.

Medieval English Civic Archives

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Dr Sarah Rees Jones, FRHistS, FSA

University of York

This lecture will provide a brief overview of the development of civic writing and civic archives in medieval England. It will consider their development chronologically between 1200 and 1500, variation between different regions of England, and finally the relationship between civic literacy and the development of the public built environment of the city.

Dr Sarah Rees Jones is a senior lecturer in History at the University of York, recent co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York and a historical advisor at the York Archaeological Trust.
Her research interests are in medieval urban history and archaeology. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph on medieval York (1068-1350), and of many papers and edited collections relating to urban social history and medieval literacy. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the Middle Ages and work closely with both archaeologists and literary scholars. She also pioneered the use of IT in History, creating a dataset of medieval charters for the city of York in the 1980s and 1990s. Recent funded projects include a longue-durée study of the material characteristics of domestic life in towns, and she runs the postgraduate Household Research Group studying medieval domesticity.

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