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Angus Crawford


I am a first-year PhD student in History at the University of Warwick funded by Midlands4Cities. My project is a Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of Warwick and the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. I am supervised by Dr Naomi Pullin and Professor Beat Kümin at Warwick and Dr Angela Nicholls, who is representing the Lord Leycester. The Lord Leycester Hospital was founded in 1571 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, one of the key figures at Elizabeth I’s court, and by 1585, the ordinances stated that the almshouse would house twelve poor, aged or maimed soldiers under the supervision of a master. The Lord Leycester still functions as an almshouse for ex-soldiers to this day, and it has undergone significant renovation in recent months.

I plan on looking at the Lord Leycester as a prism to study broader issues concerning elite and popular culture in early modern England. I am particularly interested in notions of disability, materiality, military identity, philanthropy, popular politics, and town relations.

Other Research Interests

I am also interested in the social and cultural history of early modern London, especially the relatively understudied suburbs. I completed my master's dissertation on landscape and space in St Olave's parish in east Southwark, which Dr Ian Archer supervised.

Academic Background

2023-27 PhD in History, University of Warwick

2022-23 MSt in Early Modern History, St Hugh's College, Oxford

Clarendon Scholar – fully-funded scholarship covering course fees and living expenses.

2019-22 BA in History, University of Durham

Recipient of the Alumni Prize (2021) – awarded to the student with the best performance in the second year examinations.

Lord Leycester Hospital