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Dr Andrew Foster

Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Andrew Foster is a historian specialising in ecclesiastical history. He is also an educational consultant.

Andrew Foster has had several ‘careers’ already playing his part in the creation of the University of Chichester in 2005, where he was the first Director of Research between 1997 and 2008. He is an experienced historian, teacher, and writer of degrees; has co-ordinated and taught on numerous Masters programmes, supervised many research students, and spent much enjoyable time expanding access to higher education. He is a former Kent graduate and now rejoices in being an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent where he works on the Modern History MA and helps with supervision of research students.

Andrew has written chiefly about the early modern Church of England, with articles on bishops, clergy, dioceses, cathedrals, parishes and churchwardens' accounts. He is currently working on several inter-related projects, the chief being a history of the dioceses of England & Wales between 1540 and 1700, a collection of the papers of Archbishop Richard Neile – the subject of his original Oxford DPhil thesis supervised by the great Christopher Hill – and a volume on church surveys for the Sussex Record Society with one of his ex students.

Since leaving Chichester, Andrew has enjoyed being a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton – a university with which he had worked closely after 1993 in the oversight of all Chichester research students. He has also held Fellowships at the prestigious Huntington Library in California and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC., and has latterly been supported in work on his book by a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship. This has entailed work in a large number of record offices throughout the country, fuelling his abiding interest in the world of archives.

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  • ‘The clerical estate revitalised’, The Early Stuart Church, 1603-1642, ed. K. Fincham, Macmillan, 1993
  • ‘The Dean and Chapter, 1570-1660’, Chichester Cathedral: A Historical Survey, ed. M. Hobbs, Phillimore, 1994
  • ‘Churchwardens' accounts of early modern England and Wales: some problems to note, but much to be gained’, The Parish in English Life, 1400-1600, ed. K. French, G. Gibbs & B. Kumin, MUP, 1997
  • ‘Archbishop Richard Neile Revisited’, Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c.1560-1660, ed. P. Lake & M. Questier, Boydell, 2000
  • ‘Richard Neile, Dean of Westminster 1605-1610: home-grown talent makes its mark’, Westminster Abbey Reformed, 1540-1640, ed. R. Mortimer & C. Knighton, Ashgate, 2003
  • Six articles on individuals and one on ‘The Durham House Group’, ODNB, 2004
  • Contributed five articles on the organisation of the Church to The English Parish Church through the Centuries – interactive CD-Rom – a collaborative project involving The Churches Conservation Trust, the University of York, St John’s Nottingham and English Heritage, 2010
  • ‘Bishops of Chichester 1503-1709’ & ‘The Episcopal palace and residences of the Bishops of Chichester, 1500-1700’ in Chichester – The Palace and its Bishops, Otter Memorial Paper 27, edited Paul Foster & Rachel Moriarty, 2010
  • Listen to podcast interviews with Oliver Morley of TNA and Miles Taylor of IHR available on the HA website, where the work of the Committee for Public History may also be followed.
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  • Educational consultant to the School of History, University of Kent
  • Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association – member of national Council – Chair of the Committee for Public History; long-standing member of Committee of the Chichester branch of the HA, having also served some time as Chair and then President of the branch
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society – ex member of Council and ex Vice-President – currently still a member of the Education Policy Committee which he once chaired when it was the Teaching Policy Committee
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Member of the Steering Group of History UK (HE)
  • Co-convenor of ‘Religious History of Britain, 1500-1800’ Seminar at the IHR, along with Professor Kenneth Fincham and other distinguished academics Literary Director of the Sussex Record Society and long-standing member of Council
  • Member of the Church of England Record Society and currently a member of Council
  • Director of the Chichester Centre for Ecclesiastical Studies (1993-2008)
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