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Professor Angus Winchester

Professor

Angus Winchester

Bowland College

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592559

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Research overview

My research falls under two headings: landscape history, particularly of upland areas; and local and regional identity in northern England, especially Cumbria. Much of my recent work has been on the history of resource management on common land and, in particular, the role of manor courts.  Current projects include building a corpus of manorial byelaws from northern England and directing the Victoria County History of Cumbria project.

PhD supervision

Angus Winchesterwelcomes enquiries from students interested in writing dissertations and theses on topics that would fall under the following headings:
Landscape and Agrarian History, Common Land, History of Cumbria

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Research Interests

My research falls under two headings: landscape and environmental history, particularly of upland areas; and the local and regional identity in northern England, especially Cumbria. The focus of my work lies at the interface between past human societies and their environments at local and regional level, using Cumbria and elsewhere in northern England as the laboratory in which to explore questions and test hypotheses. My particular interests are the appropriation and exploitation of land in the medieval and early-modern periods and I am keen to offer a distinctive upland and northern perspective to balance the predominantly lowland, southern models of rural landscape history.

Much of my recent work has been on the history of resource management on common land and, in particular, the role of manor courts. My study of manor court byelaws and the management of common land, published as The Harvest of the Hills (2000),led on to further work on the records of manorial administration, including the Cumbrian Manorial Records Project and a sister project in Lancashire.  My work on common land has also been developed further in the 'Contested Common Land' project, a major project in collaboration with Newcastle Law School, which formed part of the AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme. A successor project, the 'Building Common Knowledge' project, seeks to engage local commubnities in gathering evidence about the recent history of commons in England and Wales.  I am also currently working on Village Byelaws, building a corpus of byelaws from medieval and early modern northern England in order to analyse environmental management strategies by local communities, and to enable comparisons with byelaws from elsewhere in Britain and continental Europe.

Another strand of my research focuses on the history of Cumbria. In particular, I have prepared scholarly editions of key archival sources for the history of the region. My edition of Thomas Denton's Perambulation of Cumberland, 1687-8 (published in 2003) has made accessible one of the most detailed 17th-century topographical descriptions of an English county, while my edition of John Denton's History of Cumberland (published in 2010) provides a modern scholarly edition of the earliest attempt at a history of the county, compiled c.1600. I also direct the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, which works with volunteer local historians to research and write the history of every community in the county.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Review Panel of the European Science Foundation EuroCORECODE programme
  • Member of Victoria County History National Advisory Board, Institute of Historical Research, London University
  • Member of The National Archives' Manorial Documents Advisory Panel
  • Past President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
  • Vice-President and Joint General Editor, Surtees Society.
  • Member of the Lake District National Park Authority's Historic Environment Advisory Group
  • Director of the Centre for North West Regional Studies.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Quaker Studies and of Advisory Panel, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham

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