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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Andy Burn

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Early Modern British History) in the Department of History

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Andy is the postdoctoral research assistant on ‘Social Relations and Everyday Life in England, 1500-1640’, a Leverhulme-funded project led by Professor Andy Wood. He is collecting legal, administrative and personal records in archives and record offices across England to examine how, despite immense economic, social and religious stress,Tudor and Stuart society did not disintegrate. He has published articles on work, wages and wealth, and is currently writing a monograph on the 16th and 17th century coal boom in Newcastle and north-east England, focused on the transformation of Newcastle society.

Andy specialises in early modern economic and social history, particularly urban history and the history of work. His PhD thesis, funded by the ESRC, examined the changing social context of work in 17th century Newcastle , based on a relational database of tens of thousands of parish, tax and probate records. Subsequently, he was postdoctoral researcher for the IMEMS research strand ‘Cities in History’ and project officer for Palace Green Library’s summer 2015 exhibition.

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Research Interests

  • Early modern economic and social history, particularly the history of work
  • Regional history, particularly north-east England and the North Sea world
  • Urban history


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Teaching Areas

  • Databases for Historians (PhD workshop)
  • Early Modern England: a social history
  • Work and Play in Early Modern Europe (MA)