Congratulations to Professor Andrew Hopper on his Fellowship

The Civil War Petitions project team at the project launch at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, July 2023. From left to right: Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham), Professor Andrew Hopper (University of Oxford), Dr Lloyd Bowen (University of Cardiff), Dr Ismini Pells (University of Oxford) and Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton).

Andrew Hopper, Professor in Local and Social History in the Department, has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR). The fellowship scheme recognises service to the Society and distinguished research into the history of the Land Forces of the Crown. Andrew has received his election in recognition of the work entailed in masterminding the Civil War Petitions project as an online resource. Dr Ismini Pells, Course Director for the Advanced Diploma in Local History, also played a central role in this project.

The Petitions project website, funded by a generous standard grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2017–2022), provides photographs and transcriptions of petitions to the state from military veterans and their families for welfare payments as a result of their injuries and bereavement sustained during the English Civil Wars. It aims to share information on the human costs of this devastating series of conflicts, which continued to affect communities long after the fighting was over.

Andrew and Ismini hosted a live webcast in November 2023 for their podcast The World Turned Upside Down, in which a distinguished panel explored the foundations of military welfare in the seventeenth century and the experience of veterans and their families after modern conflicts, and discussed how this brings the past and present together.

Andrew will be awarded his fellowship certificate, along with other elected Fellows, at the Society's annual general meeting in April 2024.

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Published 14 February 2024