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Dr Adrian Green

Director of Postgraduate Studies (Research) / Associate Professor (Early Modern British and American History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41050

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A specialist in the history and archaeology of the period 1500-1800, Adrian Green’s main research topic is the built environment in England and English settlement in North America. Building for England: John Cosin's Architecture in Renaissance Durham and Cambridge, was short-listed for the Architectural Historians of Great Britain's Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion for 2017. The question of how the social and economic aspects of housing were related to developments in the built form, space and decor of houses is the subject of his forthcoming book: Dwelling in England: Houses, Society and the Market, 1550-1750. Other subjects of research include regionalisation in early modern culture, consumer behaviour, and the Hearth Tax. Adrian welcomes enquiries from students interested in studying social, economic and cultural history - or historical archaeology - in early modern Britain and North American colonial contexts at MA or PhD level. He has particular expertise in the history of North-east England, for which there are many archival resources located in and near to Durham.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • British regional history 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of housing in Britain 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of north-east England 1500-1800
  • Architecture and archaeology of the built environment in England and North America, 1500-1800


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets, and Databases

  • Green, A., Elizabeth Parkinson & Margaret Spufford (2006). County Durham Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1666. Hearth tax series v. 4 Index library (British Record Society) 119. London: British Record Society in association with British Academy Hearth Tax Project.

Journal Article


Teaching Groups

Teaching Areas

  • Early modern British history