HOSKINS DAY 2022.

Saturday 2nd July 2022.

Time : 13:00 to 16:00.

Venue : King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4a St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB.

Free for Friends (£5 + £0.98 booking fee for non members)

Admission includes entrance to the Visitor Centre (view before or after the lecture)

Keynote presentation plus two short talks from PhD students

Tea/Coffee and Cake

You are welcome to arrive at the King Richard III Visitor Centre any time from 12 noon to look around the exhibition or visit the café for lunch. Please check in at the ticket booth to gain entrance to the Visitor Centre – a member of the Friends’ Committee will be in the reception area to help if need be. Hoskins Day will commence at 1pm in the Kings Suite on the first floor- this is accessible by lift. The event will finish at 4pm but you are welcome to look round the exhibition until the Centre closes at 5pm. 

If you have any special requirements, please email treasurer@englishlocalhistory.org.

For directions and car parking, please see https://kriii.com/your-visit/getting-here/

Keynote Speaker : Professor Andrew Hopper

The Local Politics of Civil-War Military Welfare

This Hoskins Day lecture will address the question of how maimed soldiers, war widows and orphans petitioned for welfare to alleviate their sufferings during and after the British Civil Wars. Drawing on evidence from the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded ‘Conflict, Welfare and Memory’ project (2017-2022), Professor Hopper will set out the human costs of war that fell upon the local community both during the conflict itself, and in subsequent generations. He will examine how the local community participated, both in raising the funds for this pension scheme, and in influencing which claimants were deemed most worthy of relief. Using striking human-interest stories from the project website  www.civilwarpetitions.ac.uk, the lecture will explore how claimants navigated parish politics to seek relief and what the project’s records can tell us about local memories of the conflict.

Andrew Hopper is a historian of religion, politics and society in early modern England with research expertise on the British and Irish Civil Wars. Andrew graduated from the University of York in 1999 with a doctoral thesis examining the nature of parliamentarian allegiance in civil-war Yorkshire. Thereafter he worked as a researcher for the JISC-funded Virtual Norfolk Project at the University of East Anglia (2000-2003) and the AHRC-funded High Court of Chivalry Project at the University of Birmingham (2003-2006). He was appointed Lecturer in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester in 2006, where he was promoted to Professor (2018) and Director of the Centre (2020). Andrew moved to the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford in September 2021.

PhD Presentation: Rachel Small

Food, identity and humoral theory in early modern England: a case study from Leicestershire

Archaeological studies of food have generally taken an isolationist approach: they have tended to consider animal bones and plant remains separately and have largely failed to integrate written sources fully into their discussion. Furthermore, interpretations have generally focused on economics of production or on identifying aspects of dietary identity. A major omission in current scholarship is consideration of humoral theory as a framework that guided contemporary attitudes to diet and good health. My research addresses these gaps in knowledge through an interdisciplinary case-study of an early modern aristocratic household – the Grey family at Bradgate House, Leicestershire. In this presentation, I will outline the results of my research on the animal bones, plants remains and contemporary household accounts, and consider the influence of humoral theory over consumption behaviour and the construction and negotiation of group identities.


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