Professor Christopher Woolgar FBA

The history of the everyday in the late medieval period, including material culture, food, sensory perception, great households; diplomatic, forms of documents and archival processes from the medieval period onwards

Elected 2020

UK Fellow
Medieval Studies

Chris Woolgar has a long-standing interest in the history of the everyday, particularly in the medieval period in England, in the ways in which documents of all ages work, and in editing texts. He spent much of his career as an archivist and curator at the University of Southampton, before joining the history department there in 2013. His early archival work at the University of Oxford included discoveries of medieval domestic accounts, which were formative in developing his research into types of archival documents and daily life more generally. He has published on the great household in medieval England, medieval sensory perception, food and diet, and has edited texts on medieval social and economic history. Chris is currently writing a book about the connections between English people and their goods in the later Middle Ages. He has been the editor of the Journal of Medieval History since 2009.

Current post

University of Southampton Emeritus Professor of History and Archival Studies

Jan 2021 -

Past appointments

University of Southampton Professor of History and Archival Studies

Sep 2007 - Jan 2021

University of Southampton Library Head of Special Collections

Jan 1991 - Jan 2013

University of Southampton Library Assistant Librarian (Archivist)

Nov 1982 - Dec 1990

Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford Assistant Archivist

Jan 1981 - Jan 1982

Magdalen College, University of Oxford SSRC Archivist

Jan 1979 - Jan 1981

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