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Dr Danae Tankard

Senior Lecturer in Social & Cultural History

d.tankard@chi.ac.uk | 01243 813442

I have a PhD in History and am MA in Medieval Studies from Birkbeck, University of London and a BA in English and French Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

I am social and cultural historian, specialising in the 17th century. I am currently working on a study of the 17th century provincial clothing, focusing predominantly on the county of Sussex. I am interested in clothing production, supply and acquisition, clothing and social status and the influence of London on provincial clothing culture. 

I also work part-time at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum as a social historian. In this capacity I have worked on aspects of social history from circa 1300 to 1900 including housing, households, material culture and social structure. My recent work has focused on early modern interior design. 

My PhD was on Attitudes to death in England, c.1480 to 1560 and focused on the changes to beliefs and practices associated with death and dying brought about by the early English reformation.

Publications

Books

(With A Miles and W White), Burial at the site of the parish church of St Benet Sherehog before and after the Great Fire: Excavations at 1 Poultry, City of London (London: MoLAS, 2008).

Houses of the Weald and Downland: people and houses of south-east England, c.1300-1900 (Lancaster: Carnegie, 2012).

Research Articles and Essays

‘The reformation of the deathbed in mid sixteenth-century England’, Mortality, 8:3 (2003), 251-267.

‘Protestantism, the Johnson family and the 1551 Sweat in London’, The London Journal, 29: 2 (2004), 1-16.

‘Defining death in early Tudor England’, Cultural & Social History, 3:1 (2006), 1-20.

‘The Johnson family and the Reformation, 1542-52’, Historical Research, 80 (2007), 469-490.

‘Reformation in the parishes: St Mary le Bow and its associated parishes’ in M Byrne and G R Bush (eds), St Mary le Bow: A History (Barnsley, 2007), 119-152.

‘Graffham and Woolavington potters, tilemakers and brickmakers, c.1590-1740’, Sussex Archaeological Collections, 146 (2008), 175-188.

‘The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum 1970 to 2010’, The Local Historian 40: 4 (2010), 281-291.

‘The regulation of cottage building in seventeenth-century Sussex’, The Agricultural History Review 59: 1 (2011), 18-35.

‘“A pair of grass-green woollen stockings”: the clothing of the rural poor in seventeenth-century Sussex’, Textile History 43: 1 (2012), 5-22.

‘Form and function in the late medieval rural house’ in K Giles & M Svart Kristiansen (eds), Houses – shaping dwellings, identities and homes. European housing culture from the Viking age to the Renaissance (Jutland Archaeological Society, 2014), 163-173.

‘“I think myself honestly decked”: attitudes to the clothing of the rural poor in seventeenth-century England’, Rural History 26: 1 ( 2015), 1-17.

‘Giles Moore’s clothes: the clothing of a Sussex rector, 1656-1679’, Costume 49:1(2015), 32-54.

‘“They tell me they were in fashion last year”: Samuel & Elizabeth Jeake & clothing fashions in late 17th century London & Rye’, Costume 50: 1(2016), 20-41

‘Late sixteenth-century domestic wall painting: an example from Fittleworth, West Sussex’, forthcoming in Sussex Archaeological Collections, 154 (2016)

Short articles

‘Hangleton Cottage and its medieval village’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2006).

‘Boarhunt hall house and its origins’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2006).

‘Bayleaf – a Wealden hall house from Chiddingstone, Kent’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2007).

‘Poplar Cottage – a wasteland cottage from Washington, West Sussex’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2007).

‘Graffham potters’, Past Matters, no. 5 (2007).

‘Pendean – a yeoman’s house from West Lavington, West Sussex’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2008).

‘The house from Walderton, West Sussex’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2008)

‘Tindalls Cottage – a husbandman’s cottage from Ticehurst, East Sussex’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2009)

‘The Beeding tollhouse’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2009).

‘Gonville Cottage’, Past Matters, no. 7 (2009).

‘Gonville Cottage – a mid nineteenth-century shepherd’s cottage’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2010).

‘Whittaker’s Cottages and their occupants’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2010)

‘“In so strange a place”: representing the medieval past at UK heritage sites’, Proceedings of the 2009 Conference & Annual Meeting of the Association of Living History, Farm & Agricultural Museums vol. 32 (2010), 61-67.

‘Interpreting Poplar Cottage’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2011)

‘Interpreting the Beeding Toll House’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2012)

‘Domestic culture in the late medieval house’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2012)

‘Clothing the rural poor in seventeenth-century Sussex & the Poplar Clothing Project’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2013)

‘Tindalls Cottage project’, Local History Magazine (March/April 2013)

‘Interpreting Tindalls Cottage’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2013)

‘“Wretched habitations”: the housing of the rural labourer in nineteenth-century England’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2014)

‘Interpreting an early 17th century cottage at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’, The Historian (Summer 2014)

‘New painted cloth for Bayleaf Farmhouse’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2014)

‘Interior design in an early 17th century town house: the house extension from Reigate’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Spring 2015)

‘The Fittleworth painted panels’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2015)

Edited Primary sources

(With R W Hoyle and S Neal), ‘Heard before the King: Registers of Petitions to James I, 1603-16’, List and Index Society, Special Series, vols. 38 and 39 (2006).

PHD Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in social and cultural history.