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Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin

Lecturer in Early Modern History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

I am a historian of early modern England, with particular research interests in artisanal cultures, urban space and architecture, and networks of craft and ‘scientific’ knowledge. My published work has explored themes such as civic drinking and feasting rituals, material cultures of memorialisation, and gifting rites among artisans and merchants. Most recently I have written about metropolitan goldsmiths’ workshops as significant experimental spaces.

My monograph, entitled Crafting identities: artisan culture in London, c.1550-1640 (forthcoming MUP), argues that the livery halls of artisanal guilds became multifunctional sites for technical innovation, civic memorialisation, and social and political exchange. Locating a fundamental intersection of craft, mercantile, ‘scientific’, and institutional knowledge cultures in England’s metropolis, it shows, for the first time, how the social and intellectual status of London’s crafts and craftsmen was embedded in spatial and material contexts.

I joined Cardiff University in January 2020 as Lecturer in Early Modern History (on the Disglair Lecturers Scheme). Prior to this I was postdoctoral research associate on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Metropolitan Science, at the University of Kent (2017-20), and Fellow in History at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge (2016-17).