Intoxicants and Early Modernity

A £730,000 award by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will allow researchers to explore the social, economic, political, and cultural significance of intoxicants between 1580 and 1740.

The project, Intoxicants and Early Modernity, aims to enrich and enhance contemporary debates about intoxicants from a fully researched historical perspective.

Led by the Department of History’s Professor Phil Withington the project team involves the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

The HRI will play a key role in the project, developing an ontology-based dataset which records the entire economy of intoxicants during the early modern period using primary source materials located in The National Archives, V&A and regional archives. The team will be able to interrogate the data and visualise the results in ways which reveal new trends and relationships.

For more information visit the project’s website.