School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Thomas Whitfield

Thomas Whitfield

An Historical Archaeology of Later Eighteenth-Century Popular Protest in England

Year started


Project outline

My research is a multidisciplinary project integrating, material, textual and visual culture to explore the themes of materiality and spatiality in relation to the expression of popular protest in later eighteenth-century England. This study uses a methodology pioneered by Martin Hall to explore discourses in colonial societies to explore the discourses of protest in later eighteenth-century English society. This is achieved through the detailed study of artefacts, texts, print culture and sites to elucidate how dominant and subordinate communities constructed their transcripts of protest and how they articulated these transcripts within the context of popular protest movements to negotiate their positions in society.

This projects draws on a selection of case studies from later eighteenth-century English popular protest movements including the Wilkes and Liberty movement, radical movements and a selection of more localised movements and protest events. Through focussing on manageable and illustrative case study movements, this project explores the tensions and anxieties present in later eighteenth-century English society between those in dominant and subordinate positions.

Thomas Whitfield

Funding awards

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership 

Other roles

Teaching Assistant ARA1030 (The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century) 

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons.) Newcastle University – Archaeology
  • MLitt Glasgow University – Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology