Imogen Peck


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    Imogen is a Research Fellow and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Centre for Arts, Memory, and Communities at Coventry University. She is a historian of memory and communities, with research expertise in local and family history, the social history of archives, and the mental afterlife of conflict. She is especially interested in the ways memory and the representation of the past shapes individual and collective identities, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of marginalised and disadvantaged groups. Her first book, Recollection in the Republics: Memories of the British Civil Wars in England, 1649-1659, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

    She is currently working on a three-year Leverhulme funded project that explores the construction and curation of family archives in England from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, Family Archives and their Afterlives, 1578-1838. Drawing on a wide range of collections accumulated by families from across the social scale and across the country, this project explores which items were kept, why, and the multifarious meanings that these materials possessed for their compilers, heirs, and wider social and familial networks. In so doing, it demonstrates that archival practices were integral to, and embedded within, English homes and the lives of their inhabitants. Far from being dusty repositories of papers, lovingly kept but generally untouched, in this project the family archive emerges as a site of lively discourse, an open-ended, polyvocal, fluid space that was re-made and re-interpreted by each generation.

    She is also working on an edition for the Camden Record Series - Family, Memory, and NonConformity: The Writings of George Wansey, 1713-1762 - which explores the writings and intergenerational archive of an eighteenth-century clothier.

    She welcome research students interested in any of her research areas, including: memory and commemoration of conflict; family and local memory; the social history of archives; the social and cultural history of Coventry and the Midlands, especially during the early modern period. 




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    Family, Memory and Nonconformity: The Writings of George Wansey, 1713-1762 (in preparation, under contract with Cambridge University Press)

    Recollection in the Republics: Memories of the British Civil Wars in England, 1649-1659 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021)


    Manuscripts, Memory, and the Family Archive in Eighteenth Century England’ (in preparation).

    '"For the dead fathers sake": Orphans, Petitions, and the British Civil Wars' (in preparation)

    ‘“A chronology of some memorable accidents”: The Representation of the Recent Past in English Almanacs, 1648-1660Historical Research, 92 (2019), 97-117. 

    ‘The Great Unknown: The Negotiation and Narration of Death by English Civil War Widows, 1647-1660’, Northern History, 53 (2016), 220-235.

    ‘Collaborators not Cavaliers: Popular Politics in the Northern Counties of England, 1647-59’, Northern History, 50 (2013), 39-52. 

    Book Chapters

    'Inherting Accounts in Early Modern England', in Inheriting the Family: Objects, Identities, and Emotions, ed. by Katie Barclay, Ashley Barnwell, Joanne Begiato, Tanya Evans, and Laura King (in preparation)

    ‘Reconciliation and Oblivion in the English Republics’, in Reconciliation After War (Crimes): Historical Perspectives, ed. by James Gow, Rachel Kerr, and Henry Redwood (Routledge, 2021).

    ‘Civilian Memories of the British Civil Wars, 1642-1660’, in Remembering the English Civil Wars, ed. by Lloyd Bown and Mark Stoyle (Routledge, 2021)

    ‘Remembering – and Forgetting – Regicide: The Commemoration of the 30 January, 1649-1660’, in Remembering Queens and Kings in Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation, Reincarnation, ed. by Estelle Paranque (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). 


    2019                 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2019-2022)


                            Nominated for Warwick Teaching Excellence Award


    2018                 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize, Faculty of Arts, Bristol 


    2017                 Pollard Prize, Institute for Historical Research, runner up 


    2016                 Postgraduate Paper Award, Social History Society, runner up


    2015                 John Nichols Prize for English Local History, Centre for English Local History, Leicester


    2015                 SWW AHRC PhD studentship


    2010                 Leys Scholarship, St Hilda’s College, Oxford 

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    Education/Academic qualification

    History, Doctorate, University of Bristol

    Award Date: 10 Nov 2018

    History, MA, University of Bristol

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2015

    Political Theory, MSc, University of Oxford

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2012

    History and Politics, Degree, University of Oxford

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2011


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