Imogen Peck


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    I am a historian of early Britain, with particular research interests in memory, the experience of civil war and post-conflict societies, and the commemoration and contestation of ‘difficult pasts’ more broadly. I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2018. I have since held teaching positions at the Universities of Warwick and Bristol; in 2019, I was awarded a three year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. I joined CAMC in September 2020 as a Permanent Research Fellow. 

    My first book, Recollection in the Republics: Memories of the British Civil Wars in England, 1649-1659 (Oxford University Press, 2021), provides the first comprehensive study of the ways Britain’s Civil Wars were remembered in the decade between the regicide and the restoration. It demonstrates that memories of the domestic conflicts were central to the politics and society of the republican interval, inflecting national and local discourses, complicating and transforming inter-personal relationships, and infusing and forging individual and collective identities. In so doing, it enhances our understanding of the nature of early modern memory and the experience of post-civil war states more broadly. Memory was a multifaceted, dynamic resource, and this book emphasises its fecundity, the manifold meanings it possessed, and the creativity of those who deployed it. Further, by situating 1650s England in relation to other post-conflict societies, both within and beyond early modernity, it points to a consistency in some of the challenges that have confronted post-war states across time and space.

    For my next project, I am focusing on the construction and curation of family archives from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, considering which items were kept, the meanings that they possessed, and how these collections were re-shaped and re-fashioned by each generation. I am also currently 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.

    I’m particularly interested in the parallels between early modern and modern memorial cultures and the ways that an understanding of the memory work of our ancestors can shed new light on contemporary concerns. 

    I've published articles in Historical Research, Northern History, and several edited collections.



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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)


    ‘“Valuable Remains”: Manuscripts, Memory, and the Family Archive in Eighteenth Century England’ (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

    ‘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, forthcoming 2019). 

    ‘Isabella Lady Twysden’, in Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Early Modern Women's Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 

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

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



    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 

    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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