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Dr Danae Tankard

Senior Lecturer in Social & Cultural History

d.tankard@chi.ac.uk | 01243 793442

I am a social and cultural historian, specialising in the 17th century and working predominantly on the historic county of Sussex. I have recently completed a monograph on seventeenth-century clothing entitled Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England (forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) which explores the production and consumption of clothing in 17th century Sussex.  My new project on 17th century Chichester will explore the physical environment of the city (especially housing), its social structure, trade and government.  I am an editorial board member of Sussex Archaeological Collections and a council member of the Sussex Record Society.

I currently teach:

  • Commerce and Consumption in Early Modern England (L6)
  • Cultural History of Death (L6)
  • Georgian Britain (L5, team taught)
  • British Cultural History (L7, team taught)

I am the programme coordinator for the MA Cultural History.

Publications

BOOKS

Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England (forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).

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

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, 2008).

Research Articles and Essays

‘The House’ in A Flather (ed), A Cultural History of the Home in the Renaissance (1450-1650) [Volume 3 of six-volume series] (forthcoming with Bloombury Academic, 2018).

‘“Flowered silk is little worn but gold and silver striped is much worn”: metropolitan clothing consumption in late seventeenth-century Sussex’ in T Dean, G Parry & E Vallance (eds), Faith, Place and People in Early Modern England: Essays in Honour of Margaret Spufford (Woodbridge, 2018), 153-174.

‘“Buttons no bigger than nutmegs”: the clothing of country gentlemen, c1660-1715’, Cultural & Social History 14:1 (2017), 1-16.

‘Late sixteenth-century domestic wall painting: an example from Fittleworth, West Sussex’, Sussex Archaeological Collections 154 (2016), 195-208.

‘“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

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

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

‘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.

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

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

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

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

‘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.

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

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

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

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

Short articles

‘Markets, fairs and felons – the story of Titchfield Market Hall’, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (Autumn 2016).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited Primary sources

‘The Parliamentary Survey of Chichester, 1649-1650’, Sussex Record Society (in preparation).

(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).

Research

I am a social and cultural historian, specialising in the 17th century and working predominantly on the historic county of Sussex. For the last few years I have been working on 17th century clothing, focusing on the production and consumption of clothing in Sussex (forthcoming as a monograph, Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England, with Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).  I have recently begun a new project on 17th century Chichester, exploring the physical environment of the city (especially housing), its social structure, trade and government.  I am also working on an edition of the 1649-1650 parliamentary survey of Cathedral-owned property within the city which will be published by the Sussex Record Society (in preparation, 2020-21). 

I am one of three editors and introducers of the East Sussex hearth tax volume which forms part of the British Academy Hearth Tax Project (in preparation, British Academy/ Sussex Record Society, 2020-22).

Between 2005 and 2016 I worked at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, initially as a research associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Reading (2005-2008) and subsequently part time as the Museum’s social historian.  In these roles I worked on aspects of rural social history from circa 1300 to 1900, including housing, households, material culture and social structure.  Some of this research was published in my monograph, Houses of the Weald and Downland: people and houses of south-east England, c.1300-1900 (Lancaster, 2012).

My PhD (Birkbeck, University of London, 2002) was on ‘Attitudes to death in England c1480-1560’).   

PHD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on aspects of English social and cultural history between c1600 and c1900.

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