Department of History

Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars 1642-1700

Project summary

Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700’ is a four-year project funded by a major grant of over £800,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project (which commenced in July 2017) is being led by Dr Andrew Hopper (University of Leicester), and the co-investigators are Dr David J. Appleby (University of Nottingham), Dr Lloyd Bowen (University of Cardiff) and Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton).

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The main output will be a free website containing digital images and transcriptions of every petition for relief from maimed soldiers and war widows in England and Wales relating to losses suffered in the Civil Wars. Genealogists and family historians will also benefit from the website’s searchable list of claimants to military welfare in these years, which will include details of the sums awarded to them. This website, together with a separate education website for schools will be developed and maintained by The University of Nottingham’s Multimedia Online Archive Service (MOAS).

The team will be collaborating with the recently-established National Civil War Centre at Newark. Building on the Museum’s successful ‘Battle-Scarred’ exhibition about civil-war military welfare, the project and Centre will collaborate in organising special events, exhibitions and teachers’ workshops. The project will also support the production of a research monograph and articles by the project team as well as an international conference and two collections of scholarly essays.



Article: David J. Appleby, ‘Fleshing out a massacre: the storming of Shelford House and social forgetting in Restoration England’, Historical Research, 93/260 (May 2020), pp. 286-308. Historical Research, Oxford Academic.   

Forthcoming chapter in edited collection: David J. Appleby, ‘“Members of one another’s miseries”: the culture and politics of war relief in seventeenth-century Staffordshire’, in I. Atherton, M. Blake, A. Sargent and A. Tompkins (eds), Local Histories: Essays in Honour of Nigel Tringham, Staffordshire Record Society series, Collections for a History of Staffordshire (forthcoming, 2023).   

Forthcoming article: Andrew Hopper, ‘The politics of military welfare in Yorkshire during and after the Civil Wars’ .

Edited collection: David J. Appleby and Andrew Hopper (eds.), Battle-Scarred: Mortality, Medical Care and Military Welfare in the British Civil Wars (Manchester University Press,2018).

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