Stoke Newington Literary Festival 5th June

I will be talking radicalism and rebellion at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Sunday 5th June at 1pm with David Horspool, author of The English Rebel. More details here.


Richard Baxter’s Reliquiae Baxterianae Research Project: Job Opportunities Announced

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

A three-year Postdoctoral-Research Fellowship commencing on 1 September 2011 in support of AHRC-funded work towards an edition of the Reliquiae to be published by Oxford University Press.

The successful applicant will report to the project’s principal investigator, Professor Keeble, but will be based in London where the extant portions of the Reliquiae manuscript are held in Dr. Williams’s Library and in the British Library.  He or she will liaise closely with Dr. David Wykes, the Director of Dr. Williams’s Library, and with Library staff,  and will be in close contact with the project’s other editors, Professor John Coffey of Leicester University and and Dr Tim Cooper of Otago University.

The responsibilities of the PDRF will be:

  • to assist the editors in establishing a reliable text of the Reliquiae
  • to provide advice to the editors on research, technical and procedural issues
  • to contribute to the editorial apparatus of the edition by conducting original research, collecting data and writing material.

The initial focus of the PDRF’s responsibility will be textual.   The copy-text for the edition will be the manuscript where this is extant, and the 1696 edition where it is not.  The 1696 text has been keyboarded and an electronic working text is available.  A similar electronic text is currently in preparation from digitised copies of the manuscript material.  (This preparatory work is funded by grants from the University of Otago, the British Academy and Association of Commonwealth Universities jointly, and the British Academy).   In the course of the earlier part of the three-year appointment the PDRF will be expected to work steadily through these electronic texts, collating them with the 1696 edition and with the manuscript as appropriate, to establish a single reliable text.

The contribution of the PDRF will be recognised on the title-page of the published edition.

This post is currently advertised on  Further particulars and an application form can be found at

Three-year PhD Studentship

The University of Stirling will be inviting applications for a  three-year Doctoral Studentship, fully funded by the AHRC (UK/EU rate), commencing on 1  September  2011.

This studentship is for research on the role of the nonconformist divine Edmund Calamy (1671-1732) in the preparation and subsequent abridgement of the Reliquiae.  The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor Neil Keeble,  but may be based at Dr. Williams’s Library in London.

This studentship will be advertised within the next two or three weeks.

Collaborative Doctoral Award

Dr. Williams’ Library & Trust and the University of Leicester have won from the AHRC an Collaborative Doctoral Award for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship (with some additional maintenance contribution), commencing on 1 September 2011.

This studentship is for research into the contribution of the nonconformist divine Edmund Calamy (1671-1732) to the development of eighteenth-century dissenting traditions and historiography.  The successful applicant will be supervised jointly by Professor John Coffey and  Dr. David Wykes, the Director of Dr. Williams’s Library.