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Professor Richardson came to Winchester from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) in 1977 when he was appointed as Head of the Department of History and Archaeology. He continued as Head of Subject until 1999, having been made Professor of History in 1993. He is currently Emeritus Professor in History. From 1999 to 2001 he served as the University’s Head of Research and the Graduate Centre. While retaining research links with the History Department, he is currently chiefly involved in the University as Director of International Relations (USA).

Professor Richardson is a graduate of Leicester and Manchester Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has on several occasions been a Visiting Professor at universities in the USA. He has guest-lectured widely both in the UK and abroad. He served for a time on the Council of the Economic History Society, was a member of two Council for National Academic Awards boards, has been external examiner at a number of institutions, and has supervised many research students.

He is a regular reviewer of books for learned journals and for the Times Higher Educational Supplement (THE). He is a long-serving co-editor of the international journal Literature & History, published by Manchester University Press, and for the same publisher he is General Editor of an on-going series of books, Issues in Historiography.

Professor Richardson has published a large number of books and articles, chiefly in the fields of expertise outlined above. The third edition of his book The Debate on the English Revolution – which was also translated into Japanese – appeared in the Issues in Historiography series in 1998. He has brought out a number of articles in the last few years on the English antiquarians, as well as The Changing Face of English Local History (2000). Most recently he has developed a research interest in English household service in the two centuries after the Reformation. This has led to the publication of Household Servants in Early Modern England (2010), as well as a number of journal articles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Areas of expertise

  • Seventeenth-century English history
  • English local and comparative local history
  • Historiography and philosophy of history
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