We would like to offer our congratulations to Andrew Hopper who has given up his role as Professor of English Local History and Director of The Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. Andrew will be taking up an appointment as Professor of Local and Social History at the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford with effect from 1st September 2021.
After obtaining his doctorate on the extent of support for Parliament in Civil-War Yorkshire at the University of York, Andrew completed two postdoctoral research fellowships: ‘Virtual Norfolk’ at the University of East Anglia (2000-2003), and ‘The High Court of Chivalry 1634-40’ at the University of Birmingham (2003-2006). He came to the University of Leicester as a ‘New Blood’ Lecturer in 2006. Since then he has served as Admissions Tutor for History, and Director of the Centre for English Local History. He has enjoyed an active role in curriculum development, delivering teaching to undergraduates and postgraduates within the School of History, Politics and International Relations. He has also sat on the Executive Committee of the Victoria County History of Leicestershire and was Principal Investigator for its successful Heritage Lottery-funded Charnwood Roots Project (2013-2017).
Andrew is best known for his two monographs ‘Black Tom’: Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2007) and Turncoats and Renegadoes: Changing Sides in the English Civil Wars (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is the author or editor of 10 books, the author of 14 academic journal articles, and 8 chapters in edited collections. He is currently working on his third monograph Widowhood and Bereavement in the English Civil Wars, under contract with Oxford University Press.
Andrew was the Principal Investigator of the ‘Conflict, Welfare and Memory During and After the English Civil Wars, 1642-1710’ project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2017-2021). He also acted as a patron of the Naseby Battlefield Project, and Academic Director of the National Civil War Centre, where he was co-curator of the ‘Battle-Scarred’ exhibition from 2016 to 2018.
The Committee of The Friends of The Centre for English Local History would like to extend our sincere thanks to Andrew for his hard work and dedication to The Centre. His efforts have been much appreciated and we wish him every success in his new role.