Project Events

Members of the project team with actors from the Stuart Successions database launch in October 2015

Members of the project team with actors from the Stuart Successions database launch in October 2015

We are organizing a variety of events, including teaching workshops and our project colloquium. Details of previous and future project events, including our follow-on events, can be found on this page. To stay up-to-date, follow us on Twitter.


Forthcoming Events

Monarchy and Power in the Stuart Age:
A Study-Day for Secondary School History Teachers, Bodleian Library, Oxford

30 January 2016

The Stuart era is pivotal in British history. Spanning the years 1603 to 1714, it included the greatest British civil war, two revolutions, and eventually the founding of Great Britain itself. It was also a period of intense cultural and intellectual development: Shakespeare was a Stuart for half of his working life; others to shape this century include Milton, Hobbes, Locke and Behn.

This study day is designed to address the needs of History teachers delivering courses on Stuart Britain in light of recent curriculum reforms. The free study day (including lunch), sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is an opportunity for new and experienced teachers alike to share ideas about teaching the period, and to help inform the content of new learning materials being developed by the project team in association with the Historical Association. It will also help equip teachers to support students undertaking independent research into this period for their A-Level coursework. The interactive day will include sessions led by the members of the Stuart Successions Project and discussion of curriculum changes. Books from the Bodleian Library’s extensive archives will be available for examination.

For more information about the study day, and to to book, please go to the Bodleian Library website.



Previous Events

Stuart Successions Database Launch, Jesus College, Oxford

22 October 2015

The project launch included a demonstration of the Stuart Successions database, readings of important succession texts, and live performances of Stuart songs from the seventeenth century. More can be read about the project launch event at our blog.

Stuart Successions: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Jesus College, Oxford

27 – 28 September 2013


Moments of royal and protectoral succession in the early-modern period generated huge quantities of writing across a range of different forms: from panegyric to polemic, sermon to satire, history to drama. This interdisciplinary colloquium, held in September 2013, brought together historians and literary critics from Europe and the US to share their research on how this body of succession literature reflected on unpredictable transitions of power, discussed political values, and shaped contending perceptions of key political personalities in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain.

The colloquium programme can be downloaded here. Abstracts for all the papers can be viewed here.