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Professor Jonathan Barry

Public engagement

I have acted as a historical consultant to Devon County Council, the Museum of Bristol and the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. I am currently involved in an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with Tucker's Hall, Exeter, on the social history of the cloth trade in Exeter c.1580-1720, and I am superivising a doctoral thesis on Exeter c.1540-1620 being undertaken by Kate Osborne, the Education Outreach officer at Royal Albert Memorial Museum. I am a trustee of the Kent Kingdom Trust, which distributes funds to the R.A.M.M. and Exeter City Library to support educational work.

Contribution to discipline

Co-editor of Bristol Record Society.

Co-organiser of the Pre-Modern Towns Group.

Co-editor of Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic


In recent years I have offered advice to a number of radio and TV programmes, most recently for a programme by Tony Robinson on Monmouth's Rebellion (autumn 2014).

My recent appearances in person have included:

  • A 5-minute slot on Radio 4's Sunday programme on the dissenters' graveyard in Exeter
  • Interviewee for the Exeter section of a programme on William of Orange's landing in England during the final programme of a major series on the Durch Golden Age on Dutch public TV.
  • One of two historians interviewed on the impact of Keith Thomas's book Religion and the Decline of Magic for a one hour recording in an educational series on key texts in modern historical writing, aimed at university and sixth-form students.
  • Interviewee of Ian Hislop for his three part Radio 4 series on the Middle Classes in British History