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Sheila Sweetinburgh

Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh: The Tudor almshouse: continuity or change?

Saturday 29 April, 11.30am - 12.30pm, OS.0.19, Mabb Lovell court lecture room, Old Sessions House


This talk will explore the development of almshouses in Tudor England to see how much they changed from their medieval predecessors in light of the Reformation and ideas about charity and the poor. While I will set the Tudor almshouse within the national context, much of the talk will draw on the rich evidence from Kent to highlight how and why founders and supporters sought to supply such charitable provision. We will also explore what we know about some of the recipients and what this can tell us about the challenges faced by those from the lower ranks of early modern society.


Sheila Sweetinburgh is a Co-Director of the Centre for Kent History and Heritage and has been lecturing at the universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church for over twenty years. Her research uses a microhistory approach to investigate a wide range of topics in medieval and early modern studies, deploying the rich archival sources for Kent. Among her numerous publications are works on medieval hospitals, fishing communities and provision for the poor.

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Maritime Kent Through the Ages - Gateway to the Sea

Hardback, 30/09/2021, £50.00
A wide-ranging history of the geography and communities of Kent from the earliest times to the present day.

Early Medieval Kent, 800-1220

Hardback, 24/06/2016, £50.00
Essays on the most important aspects of Kent's history at a time of great growth and change.

Later Medieval Kent, 1220-1540

Hardback, 18/11/2010, £50.00
A comprehensive investigation into Kent in the later middle ages, from its agriculture to religious houses, from ship-building to the parish church.
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