Dr Claire Kennan

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I completed my PhD in the Department of History in 2018. My doctoral thesis, 'Guilds and Society in Louth, Lincolnshire c. 1450-1550' explored the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Trinity guilds in Louth and their importance in the formation of social and political identities. 

My research interests cover late medieval social and cultural history including popular piety, mercantile communities and parish guilds from the late-fourteenth to the early-sixteenth centuries. I am currently researching Lincolnshire's Corpus Christi guilds and editing the 1389 Lincolnshire guild returns for publication. I am also interested in public engagement with medieval history and the digital humanities.

I am currently an AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow with the Citizens Project and The National Archives. I am also the colloquium co-ordinator for the London Medieval Society and an outreach officer for the British Association for Local History.

You can follow me on Twitter @ClaireKennan


Visiting Teacher, King's College London, 'The Making of Britain c. 400-1400' (2017-19).

Visiting Teacher, Royal Holloway, University of London, 'The Sacred and the Profane: Cultural Life in Renaissance Europe'. (2017).

Co-Convenor and Lead Tutor, 'Public Speaking for Historians', Royal Holloway, University of London (2016-17).

Visiting Teacher, Royal Holloway University of London, 'Rome to Renaissance: An Introduction to the Middle Ages' (2015-16).


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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