Chris Woolgar




Chris Woolgar read archaeology and history at the University of Southampton, before training as an archivist at the University of Liverpool. He catalogued the archives of two Oxford colleges (Magdalen and Corpus Christi), and returned to Southampton in 1982 to work on the papers of the first Duke of Wellington in the University Library. He was Head of Special Collections in the Library, 1991-2013, where he established the Library's manuscript collections, which now encompass more than 6 million manuscripts, focused on political, military and official papers connected to the University's region, and extensive holdings relating to the Jewish people. He led the campaign which secured the Broadlands Archives - including the papers of Lord Palmerston and Lord Mountbatten - for the University in 2012. Chris was appointed to a chair in History and Archival Studies in 2007 and transferred to the Faculty of Humanities in 2013.

Chris has a long-standing interest in the history of the everyday, especially in the medieval period, in patterns of documentation and in editorial work. While cataloguing the archives of Magdalen College, he discovered several groups of medieval domestic accounts, and he subsequently did his doctorate at the University of Durham on the development of these records. His publications on social and economic history include two volumes of medieval household accounts edited for the British Academy's Records of Social and Economic History series, an edition of the testamentary records of the medieval bishops of England and Wales for the Canterbury and York Society, The Great Household in Late Medieval England and The Senses in Late Medieval England (Yale University Press, 1999 and 2006), and an edited volume, Food in Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2006), a cross-disciplinary collection of essays on diet and nutrition.

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Jun 5th 2017

Mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015 and explore the Duke of Wellington’s archive with this free online course. The Battle of Waterloo was a key event of nineteenth-century European history, but why was it fought, who was involved and what were the consequences? We will use original documents from the University of Southampton’s Wellington Archive to contextualise the battle and the role of Wellington in commanding the allied forces against Napoleon.

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