England's Immigrants, 1330-1550

Summary:

Recording and analysing evidence of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses.

Project Status:

Completed

Funders:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partners:

University of Sheffield
University of York

Subjects:

digital archive, historical records, history, manuscripts, medieval period, online resource, searchable database, social history

Technologies:

Ajax, API, CMS, CSS, HTML, MySQL

HRI Online Publication

Project Description

England’s Immigrants is a major project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council with a grant of £784,545, on all aspects of the immigrant experience in England in the period 1330-1550. The project draws on extensive archival evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses.

The project will contribute creatively to the longer-term history of immigration to Britain, and help to provide a deep historical and cultural context to contemporary debates over ethnicity, multiculturalism and national identity.

The project has its own website at http://www.englandsimmigrants.com/, which contains full up-to-date information about its activities and findings.

The project runs from February 2012 to February 2015, and includes a range of academic and public activities including workshops and conferences. The electronic database of immigrants compiled by the project team will be made freely available to all users in 2015.

The project is a collaboration between the University of York, the National Archives and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.

Project Team

  • Prof Mark Ormrod (University of York)
  • Dr Craig Taylor (University of York)
  • Dr Nicola McDonald (University of York)
  • Dr Jonathan Mackman (Research Fellow, University of York)
  • Dr Bart Lambert (Research Assistant, University of York)
  • Dr Jessica Lutkin (Research Assistant, University of York)
  • Chris Linsley (PhD student, University of York)
  • Jenn Bartlett (PhD student, University of York)
  • Matthew Groves (Digital Humanities Developer – University of Sheffield)
  • Michael Pidd (Digital Director – University of Sheffield)