The day is fast approaching and is nearly upon us! The Conference Committee is hard at work on a few final details. However, we want to take a moment to announce our intent to make the conference more accessible. Due to the great deal of interest in the conference and the need for archival information, we have come up with two ways in which those who want to be a part, can.

First, we will be tweeting live throughout the conference. To stay updated, follow us on Twitter @EMAConf2014. The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion between all the participants and attendees. The goal is to gain valuable insight, address questions and concerns about archival research and to consider the future of the field. One of the ways in which you can be a part of the discussion is by tweeting your questions. We will select some of these to be answered and provide those answers afterwards! To tweet your questions, make sure you follow us on the day and tweet your questions using the hashtag #earlymodernarchives.

Second, we are delighted to announce that we will be recording the conference presentations and roundtable discussion. They will be posted on our website as soon as possible after the conference. So stay tuned!

 Thank you!

The Conference Committee



We want to thank everyone who have registered for the conference!! At this time, there are no more spots available. However, we will be starting a waiting list. Should any of the current registered attendees be unable to attend, you will be notified. To be added to the waiting list, please send us an email with the following information: name, affiliation, email address, and indicate whether you would like lunch or not.

For those who have registered, if for any reason you cannot attend the conference, please let us know so that those that are interested in attending may have a chance. 

And finally, please watch this space for future conferences and opportunities to be involved in future collaborations. 

Thank you so much!

The Conference Committee, 

Dustin, Audrey, Tim, Hannah, Matt



Hello everyone! We want to take a minute and thank everyone for their interest and support of the conference. We have some news regarding the conference so please take note:


Due to the overwhelming interest in the conference and the limited space within the National Archives, we have had to find another venue for the conference. We are delighted to announce that the conference will be held at the Institute for Historical Research (IHR), Senate House. It is a lovely historic location, situated centrally in London with quick access to the British Library and the National Archives. It serves as the administrative hub for the University of London. With extensive archival material and collections, the Institute for Historical Research will be the perfect setting for the conference. More information will be released prior to the conference about directions, location, access, and lunch on the day of.

For more information about the location, please visit the IHR at 


Registration is now up and running! It is free for conference participants. You can access the registration website via the link below. With the new venue, there is now space for 50 delegates. Please be sure to fill in all information requested.

NOTE: To the individuals who submitted abstracts, you will be receiving an email shortly informing you of our decision and instructions for registering separately if you are accepted.


We will have a lunch catered at the IHR on the day of the conference. The cost of the lunch and tea/coffee during the day will be £10.40 per person. This will need to be paid upon the day at check in at the IHR. During registration, please indicate whether you will be taking part in the lunch and refreshments.  You must decide at the time of registration if you want lunch and refreshments at the IHR, as we have to give our head count to the catering staff.


As we have a limited number of bursaries, the awarding of the bursaries will be announced on May 25 at the end of registration closing.


Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us!!

Once again, thank you! We look forward to seeing you in June!!

The Conference Committee

Registration Delay

Hello everyone! We want to apologise as there will be a slight delay in getting the registration up and running. We will promptly let you know when registration is available as quickly as possible. Please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. 


The Conference Committee

NEWS UPDATE: Re-opening CFP, Registration and Bursaries

In partnership with the University of York, the University of Leeds, the University of Southampton, the University of Warwick and the National Archives, the Early Modernists and the Archives, 1400-1800 conference is happy to make the following announcements:


We are delighted to announce that we are re-opening the call for papers. Please review our flyer for more information! The new deadline for abstracts and proposals is now 15 March 2014. Please note that if you have already submitted an abstract or proposal, that they are still being considered and will be reviewed after the deadline, 15 March.


We are pleased to announce that registration will open on 25 March 2014. There will be only 21 spots available. Presenters will not be considered in this number and will have to register separately. Information will be posted before the date about the registration process. Registration will close when all spots have been filled or on the 25 May.


We are thrilled to announce that we have a limited number of bursaries to offer those attending. At registration, you will be prompted to indicate whether you would like to be considered for a bursary. If you are awarded a bursary, you will be notified on 25 May and instructions for claiming will be sent in the email announcing your award.


The conference program will be posted on our website by 1 April when all speakers are finalised.

We are very excited about this conference and have been working hard between the keynote speaker, special guests/panel chairs, and the The National Archives staff to bring you an enriching and strong conference. It will bring a diverse group of people together to discuss archival usages and develop skills. The partnership between the universities of York, Leeds, Southampton, Warwick, along with the National Archives is one that we hope will continue and bring you more conferences like this one in the future. If you are interested in becoming a part of the partnership, feel free to email us.

Thank you!

The Conference Committee

Dustin Neighbors, Committee Chair, University of York

Audrey Thorstad, Funding & Finance Chair, University of Leeds

Tim Worth, Abstract & Logistics Chair, University of Southampton

Hannah Hogan, Registration & Admin Chair, University of York

Matt Coneys, Panel Organiser, University of Warwick


We are excited and delighted to announce the keynote speaker for the 2014 “Early Modernists and the Archives Conference”-Professor Stephen Alford!

Professor Stephen Alford studied at the University of St Andrews, where he was taught by John Guy, before moving in 1997 to the University of Cambridge as a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of History and a Junior Research Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He remained at King’s as a Fellow when he joined the Cambridge Faculty of History as an Assistant Lecturer, a Lecturer and finally a Senior Lecturer. In 2000 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Upon leaving Cambridge, he joined the faculty at Leeds as Professor of Early Modern British History in September 2012.

His principal interests lie in the history of politics, political thought and monarchy in sixteenth-century Britain. For a long time, his research has been on the life and career of William Cecil, first Baron of Burghley (1520-98), the most powerful man in Elizabethan England. He is interested also in Tudor espionage, commerce, diplomacy and travel literature, Anglo-Russian relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and Tudor and Jacobean London.

Professor Alford’s doctoral dissertation at St Andrews was published in the series of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History, The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569 (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Cambridge University Press also published his second book, Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI, in 2002. Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I (Yale University Press, 2008) was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award. His latest book, The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I, which was published in 2012 by Allen Lane/Penguin Press in the United Kingdom and Bloomsbury Press in the United States, was one of the Books of the Year in both the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He was the principal editor for the State Papers online and was instrumental in making archives accessible.


We are delighted to announce our final two special guests and panel chairs for the 2014 “Early Modernist and the Archives” Conference.

Dr. Nick Barrett

Dr. Nick Barratt re-joined The National Archives in January 2013, having followed a career as a broadcaster, author and freelance historian in the field of public history and genealogy. His specialist area is state finance and fiscal history, and is currently working closely with colleagues in the early modern period to develop archival research skills and methodology, online interpretative tools and programmes of research for The National Archives.

Dr. Mark Jenner

Dr. Mark Jenner began research by investigating 16th and 17th century English conceptions of cleanliness and dirt. This work drew on anthropology, social and cultural theory as well as intensive archival research and examined the environmental regulation of London as a way by which to reconstruct people’s perceptions. He will soon complete this manuscript for publication by Oxford University Press. He is also completing a book derived from a major research project funded by the Wellcome Trust which examines the uses, distribution and perception of London’s water between 1500 and 1830.

He has very wide interests in the social and cultural history of Britain c.1550-c.1780 and the social history of medicine and the history of the body. He is committed to interdisciplinary work which relates archival research to theoretical concerns and current work within anthropology, literary studies and social theory. He has published on gender, medicine, religious and political culture in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer within the Department of History at the University of York and currently serves as Director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York.


We are delighted to announce the second of our special guest and panel chairs for “Early Modernists and the Archives, 1400-1800”! Dr. Christer Petley is a senior lecturer at the University of Southampton and historian with interests in Atlantic history, British Imperial history and Caribbean Studies. His work has focused on the histories and legacies of slavery in the Americas, mainly slave societies in the British Caribbean. He has published a monograph as well as journal articles and has recently launched the website “Slavery and Revolution”, an electronic resource for students, teachers and researchers with an interest in slavery and Atlantic history!