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After Margaret Spufford Conference

A conference on English local history will be held at the University of Roehampton (London) on 19-20 June 2015.

The conference aims both to celebrate and commemorate, and to assess and evaluate, the contribution made by Professor Margaret Spufford to early modern history in both its content and its methods.

The conference will have three sections: local history; financial/Hearth Tax history; and social/religious history.

Margaret's major publications - Contrasting Communities (1974), Small Books and Pleasant Histories (1981), The Great Reclothing (1984), The World of Rural Dissenters (1995), and Figures in the Landscape (2000) - addressed key issues in the history of English early modern rural communities, and took local history in new directions. However, the conference has a wider remit and aims to address a broad range of topics in English early-modern history.

Renowned national and international speakers have confirmed their attendance. A call for papers for a postgraduate session has been issued.

Full details are available on the After Margaret Spufford Conference website.

December 2014