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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


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 Mark Campbell Chambers, BA, PhD (TCD)

Contact Dr Mark Campbell Chambers

Teaching and Research

Dr Chambers specialises in medieval and early modern drama, medieval clothing and fashion, as well as late-medieval language contact. At present he is Research Associate on a 5-year collaborative AHRC-funded project: Records of Early English Drama, Northeast (REED-NE).

Running since 1979 (U of Toronto), REED is a massive international project to assemble a complete survey of medieval and early modern performance in Britain. REED-NE will be a critical edition of all surviving records of performance and entertainment in England’s North-East from about the ninth century up to 1642. The areas covered will be Durham, Northumberland (with the Percy papers), East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

2012-13 he was a Teaching Fellow at The University of Birmingham having formerly been Research Consultant on the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project based at the University of Westminster, London, UK ( After 2009 he was employed as Research Assistant on the Lexis project's sister work: the Medieval Dress and Textile Vocabulary in Unpublished Sources Project, in collaboration with Dr. Louise Sylvester and Professor Gale Owen-Crocker. He holds a PhD in English from Trinity College Dublin (IRE), and has lectured on medieval and Renaissance English language and literature at the University of Durham (2001-2), Trinity College Dublin, University of Westminster and the University of Birmingham.

He has published widely in publications on material culture and historical philology and continues conducting research on fashion and sumptuary legislation in the 14th through the 16th centuries and on the lexicology of medieval fashion and dress. He is also preparing work on violence in the late-medieval drama and on the history of the tutelary good and bad angels in Western literature.

Research Interests

  • Early English Drama
  • Late-Medieval Language Contact
  • Medieval Clothing and Fashion

Teaching Areas

  • Age of Chivalry (14 hours/year.)
  • Chaucer (2 hours/year.)
  • Medieval Literature (2 hours/year.)
  • Old French (2 hours/year.)


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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Medieval history: Theatre History
  • Middle Ages & Early Modern History: Theatre History
  • English Literature & Drama: Theatre History
  • Medieval history: Anglo-Norman French
  • Middle Ages & Early Modern History: Anglo-Norman French
  • Linguistics & Language: Anglo-Norman French
  • Environment and culture: Medieval Clothing and Dress
  • Medieval history: Medieval Clothing and Dress
  • Middle Ages & Early Modern History: Medieval Clothing and Dress

Selected Grants

  • 2015: AHRC Follow-on for Impact & Engagement grant