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England's Immigrants, 1330-1550

Posted on 5 November 2011

Major new project explores immigration to England in the later Middle Ages

Professor Mark Ormrod (History), with Dr Craig Taylor (History) and Dr Nicola McDonald (English), have been awarded £784,545, by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a major new project to explore immigration to England in the period 1330-1550. The project draws on extensive archival evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses. The project will contribute creatively to the longer-term history of immigration to Britain, and help to provide a deep historical and cultural context to contemporary debates over ethnicity, multiculturalism and national identity.   

The project is a collaboration between the University of York, the National Archives and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.