Dr Elizabeth New

BA (Exeter) MA (York) PhD (London)

Dr Elizabeth New

Senior Lecturer in History

Department Director of Employability and Enterprise

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Dr Elizabeth New BA (Exeter), MA (York), PhD (London) is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research interests focus on high and later medieval England and Wales, especially its social, cultural and religious history; the visual and material culture of medieval Britain and northern Europe; and heritage studies. Dr New is Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded* Imprint: a forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals* project https://twitter.com/Imprint_Project She is also a member of the Library & Collections Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an advisor to the British Academy English Episcopal Acta *project, a director of *Sigillvm (the international association for the study of seals), and a member of the Aberystwyth University Special Collections Committee.

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PhD Supervision

  • Seals and sealing practices in medieval Britain. Approaches include cultural and social history; administrative and legal practices; local studies; imagery and semiotics; cross-cultural and trans-national exchange; archival, museum and historiographical studies.

  • Religious and devotional practices in later medieval England and Wales, especially the material and visual culture of devotion, guilds and fraternities, Christocentric devotion.

Research

Dr Elizabeth New works on the social, cultural and religious history and material and visual culture of medieval Britain, and on aspects of heritage studies. She has particular interests in representation and identity among non-elites, the manifestation of Christocentric devotion, and in the form, function and uses of medieval seals.

Dr New is in the final stages of an edition of the records of the Jesus Guild in St Paul's Cathedral (Oxford, Bodleian Tanner MS 221), which provide valuable insights into socio-economic networks and the 'economy of salvation' on the eve of the Reformation. Dr New also continues to work on aspects of the Holy Name (the subject of her PhD) in relation to expressions of Christocentric devotion. Seals and sealing practices form a significant strand of Dr New's research activities, and she is currently working on a major monograph which utilises sigillographic material to investigate the construct and expression of identity (personal, familial, communal), status, devotional practice and literary awareness in England and Wales, c.1200-1400. She is also working on a series of publications that highlight how a holistic approach to seals and sealing practices, and in particular their full integration into medieval studies, can provide new insights into society and reveal important nuances of cultural meaning. Dr New is Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded Imprint: a forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals project, and previously was Senior Researcher for the AHRC-funded Seals in Medieval Wales project. Dr New has a range of interests relating to heritage, material culture, and historiography. Current projects include a study of a group of medievalists during the period of the 'professionalization of history', and collaborative projects editing a depositions roll

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 1500-1600
  • Tuesday 1400-1500

Publications

Imprints and identity at Hereford Cathedral: a pilot project on the forensic and historical investigation of handprints on medieval sealsNew, E. & Hoskin, P. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique.2018 , Special Issue
Imprint. A forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval sealsNew, E. & Hoskin, P. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Medieval Prosopography.32
Memorializing Masters: The patronage and benefaction of late medieval Masters of Trinity HallNew, E. & Daunton, C. 2016 (Accepted/In press) Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge. Lee, J. & Steer, C. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer
Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border countiesSchofield, P. (ed.), New, E. (ed.), Johns, S. (ed.) & McEwan, J. (ed.) 2016 Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 352 p.
IntroductionNew, E. & Schofield, P. 2016 Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border region. Schofield, P., New, E., Johns, S. & McEwan, J. (eds.). Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 1-1111 p.
ConclusionNew, E. & Schofield, P. 2016 Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border region. Schofield, P., New, E., Johns, S. & McEwan, J. (eds.). Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 121-125
AppendixMcEwan, J. A., New, E. & Schofield, P. 2016 Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English Border Region. Schofield, P., New, E., Johns, S. & McEwan, J. (eds.). Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 127-325198 p.
The Common Seal and Civic Identity in Medieval LondonNew, E. 2015 Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power. Solway, S. (ed.). Tournhout: Brepols, p. 297-31821 p.
Text and image: the language of seals in medieval England and WalesNew, E. 2015 Language in Medieval Britain: Networks and Exchanges: Proceedings of the 2013 Harlaxton Symposium. Carruthers, M. (ed.). Donington: Shaun Tyas, p. 59-73 (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. XXV)
(Un)conventional images. A case-study of radial motifs on personal sealsNew, E. 2014 Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages. Schofield, P. (ed.). Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 151-1609 p.
'Episcopal Embodiment: the Tombs and Seals of Bishops in Medieval England and Wales'New, E. 2014 The Prelate in England and Europe 1300-1560. Heale, M. (ed.). York Medieval Press, p. 191-21423 p.
'The brass and seal of John Trillek (d. 1360), bishop of Hereford: comparative thoughts’New, E. 2014 In : Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society.19, 1, p. 2-1412 p., 1
Lleision ap Morgan makes an impression: seals and the study of medieval WalesNew, E. A. 2013 In : Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review.26, 3, p. 327-35024 p.
Seliau Yn Eu Cyd-Destun | Seals in ContextMcEwan, J. A. (ed.), New, E. (ed.), Johns, S. (ed.) & Schofield, P. (ed.) 2012 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press.
Patrons and Professionals in the Middle Ages: Proceedings of the 2010 Harlaxton SymposiumNew, E. A. (ed.) & Binski, P. (ed.) 2012 Donnington: Shaun Tyas. 448 p. (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. 22)
Seliau Yn Eu Cyd-Destun/Seals in Context: Cymru a'r Mers yn yr Oesoedd Canol / Medieval Wales and the Welsh MarchesNew, E. A., McEwan, J. A., Schofield, P. R. & Johns, S. 2012 CAA. 120 p.
Biblical imagery on seals in medieval England and WalesNew, E. A. 2011 Pourquoi les sceaux?: La sigillographie nouvel enjeu de l’histoire de l’art. Gill, M. & Chassel, J-L. (eds.). Lille: Université Lille III, p. 451-468
The Seals in Medieval Wales Project and its Potential for Monastic and Ecclesiastical HistoryNew, E. A. 2011 In : Monastic Research Bulletin.17, p. 2-43 p.
Seals and Sealing PracticesNew, E. A. 2010 London: British Records Association. (British Records Association Archives & the User 11 )
Symbols of identity and devotion in a late medieval manuscript: Fitzwilliam Museum MS 2-1957New, E. A. 2009 Signs and Symbols: Harlaxton Medieval Studies XVIII. Stamford: Shaun Tyas, p. 73-8411 p. (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. 18)
Seals and status in medieval English towns: a case-study of London, Newcastle and DurhamNew, E. A. 2008 Good Impressions: Image and Authority in Medieval Seals. Adams, N., Cherry, J. & Robinson, J. (eds.). p. 31-377 p.
Representation and identity in medieval London; the evidence of personal sealsNew, E. A. 2008 London and the Kingdom. Davies, M. & Prescott, A. (eds.). Donnington: Shaun Tyas, p. 246-25812 p. (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. 16)
Signs of community or marks of the exclusive? Parish and guild seals in later medieval EnglandNew, E. 2006 The Parish in Late Medieval England.Shaun Tyas, p. 112-12817 p.
The Jesus Chapel in St Paul's Cathedral, London: a reconstruction of its appearance before the ReformationNew, E. 2005 In : Antiquaries Journal.85, p. 103-12422 p.
Christological personal seals and Christocentric devotion in later medieval England and WalesNew, E. 2002 In : Antiquaries Journal.82, p. 47-6822 p.