Professor Grenville Astill conducts archaeological research covering this period, including a long-running research programme that explores the monastic economy of Bordesely Abbey and a project looking into Medieval urbanization.


National Income in Domesday England – Dr James Walker is using the Domesday Survey to estimate production levels in Norman Britain and estimate the value of the Domesday economy.


Modern Finance in the Middle Ages? Advance contracts for the supply of wool - this project explored the scale and scope of advance contracts for the sale of wool in the Middle Ages, employing practices from modern finance to test the pricing methods and structures of these contracts in detail.


Dr Tony Moore is a Research Associate on projects spanning this period.


Credit Finance in the Middle Ages: loans to the English crown c.1272-1340 - This project is examining in detail the credit finance arrangements used by Edward I, II and III from both a historical perspective, and through the approaches and models developed recently for modern-day sovereign borrowings.


Medieval Foreign Exchange c. 1300 1500 - This study will use modern tools and techniques to analyse the market for foreign exchange in the later Middle Ages. It will also examine how medieval merchant societies, the forerunners of modern investment banks, sought to profit from speculating on exchange rate fluctuations and investigate how successful governments were in their attempts to control exchange rates.


Rev Dr Margaret Yates is a senior lecturer in medieval history . Her research explores social and economic change in England between 1300 and 1600.


The Soldier in later Medieval England - This project explored the emergence of professional soldiery in late medieval England, creating a searchable database of soldier data.


Professor Richard Hoyle is the author of the Oxford Economic and Social History of Britain and Ireland, 1500 - 1750 and his research areas and teaching reflect his expertise in this period.


Professor Joël Félix is a specialist of early modern finance and politics. He is the recipient of an ESRC Professional fellowship (2013-2016) to complete a monograph on the Fiscal Origins of the French Revolution and organise a series of academic and public events that will explore the impact of fiscal and financial issues on institutional change.




Banks and the finance of industry - A research project investigating the relationships between banks and their industrial customers, and the impact upon regional and national economies of the propensities of banks to lend to industry.


Women Investors - This projects aims to examine women who invested in companies (limited or unlimited) during the nineteenth century and in doing so participated in the significant economic movements of this era - a time when women with money were largely invisible.


The development of nineteenth century banking - This project examines the new joint-stock banks that were created following the 1825 bank act and their development during the nineteenth century.


Corporate Governance - Research exploring the general governance of corporations during the Victorian period, including company ownership, shareholding patterns and company law.


Professor Andrew Godley's interests include the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation in the twentieth century, with a focus on the food and pharmaceutical industries.


Touting for business: British Banks and Building Societies in the twentieth century - This research strand examines the marketing, advertising and public relations activities of the 'Big Five' British clearing banks from 1918-1970 and of building societies in the inter-war period.


The Making of the Modern British Home, 1919-1939 - Examining the rise of the suburban semi in interwar Britain, this project explores the profound economic and social impacts on the large number of working and middle-class families who migrated from inner-urban areas to new suburban housing estates.


The managerial revolution in British and American retailing - A project exploring the factors influencing the efficiency, growth and competitive advantage of large-scale retailing in Britain and the USA during the interwar years.


The emergence of a mass market for consumer durables in interwar Britain - This project assesses attempts to create a mass market for consumer durables in interwar Britain. Analysis focuses on two industries which had contrasting records regarding their efforts to expand sales to a lower-middle and working class market - mass produced furniture and domestic electrical appliances.


Did the introduction of the 48 hour week damage Britain's relative competitiveness? - An examination of the impact that Britain's largest ever reduction on working-hours had on industrial productivity and its competetiveness.


Household expenditure, consumption, and living standards in Britain, 1900-1939 - A project that examines changes in household consumption and living standards for working-class and lower middle-class households in Britain prior to the Second World War.


Professor Andrew Godley's interests include the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation in the twentieth century, with a focus on the food and pharmaceutical industries.


The UK Car Market - This research strand explores the decline of the last British mass producer of cars, British Leyland.

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