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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Andy Burn

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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,16th and early 17th century society did not disintegrate.

Andy specialises in early modern (16th to 18th century) economic and social history, and particularly in the history of work. His PhD thesis, funded by the ESRC, examined the changing social context of work in 17th century Newcastle upon Tyne, 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.

Other activities

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

Teaching Areas

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


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