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Dr Sally Gold


My post-doctoral research concerns early modern maritime law, its operation and development in a colonial context, and the engagement of religious dissenters with that law.  I am interested in early modern legal history, its procedures, including those of the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, and in archival research.

I practiced as a barrister until 2017 and I completed my thesis Quakers, Localism and Law – a Critical Consideration of the History of Quakers in the North West of England and the religious and political policy of the Restoration at Reading in 2019.

I held a Short-Term Fellowship concerning Religious Mobility and Early Modern Maritime Law at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt between February and April 2022 and am currently working an article following this period of research.

In November 2021 I was appointed as a post-doctoral research assistant for Dr Charlotte Smith on a British Academy/ Leverhulme funded project concerning the legal history of the important, but little-known, Colonial Bishoprics Fund in the nineteenth century.

I am a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, Legal History Section. I presented a paper on the York Admiralty Court Records to their Conference in September 2021 and shall be chairing a legal history panel at their 2022 Conference.


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