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Dr Adrian Green

Associate Professor (Early Modern British and American History)

Associate Professor (Early Modern British and American History) in the Department of History+44 (0) 191 33 41050
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 


A specialist in the history and archaeology of the early modern era (circa 1500-1800 A.D.), Adrian Green’s research focuses on the built evidence for social life, cultural habits, politics, worship and economy in England and English settlement overseas. Building for England: John Cosin's Architecture in Renaissance Durham and Cambridge, was short-listed for the Architectural Historians of Great Britain's Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion for 2017. For many years, he has been working on Dwelling in England: Houses, Society and the Market, 1550-1750, which explores how developments in the form, space and decor of English houses were related to social and economic life. General Editor of the British Record Society Hearth Tax series; he has edited editions of the hearth tax for Durham, Norfolk and Norwich, and is preparing the edition on Northumberland and Newcastle upon Tyne. The hearth tax is a key resource for the study of houses, economy and society in seventeenth-century England. His other research focus is on the central role of regionalisation in the formation of early modern culture. He publishes and leads research on the region of North-East England. Adrian welcomes enquiries from students interested in studying social, economic and cultural history - or historical archaeology - in early modern contexts at MA or PhD level. There is huge potential for studying topics via a focus on North-East England, for which there are many untapped archival resources located in and near to Durham.

Research interests

  • British regional history 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of housing in Britain 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of north-east England 1500-1800
  • Architecture and archaeology of the built environment in England and North America, 1500-1800


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