Jessica Lutkin was awarded her PhD in 2008, gained at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Saul. Since then, she has worked on numerous freelance research projects, including cataloguing the WARD 2 series at The National Archives, and producing livery company histories for the Worshipful Company of Cutlers of London and the Worshipful Company of Masons of London.
Jessica’s research interests span the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with a focus on the English royal court, material culture and trade. Much of her research has also centred on London, with a particular reference to the city’s livery companies, concentrating in particular on her favourite company, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths of London. She is also interested in the symbiotic nature between ‘academic’ and ‘public’ history, and actively promotes the wider dissemination of historical research. To this end, she is a member of the Knowledge Transfer Group for the Inquisitions Post Mortem (AHRC funded) project at the University of Winchester. She also regularly writes for Your Family History magazine, and has produced research for a number of television programmes, including History Cold Case, The Manor Reborn, and Bomber Boys.
As a Research Assistant on the project, Jessica’s main role, based at The National Archives with Dr. Jonathan Mackman, is to collect all the available data from the alien subsidy records and other primary sources, and upload it onto the project’s central database. Her particular focus will be on the London and Middlesex records, as this is her area of expertise. She is particularly interested in the trades and occupations of the resident aliens, as well as the familial groups that chose to settle in England. In her role as Impact Officer, Jessica is working with the project’s Impact Partners to disseminate the project and its research to as wide an audience as possible. She is currently responsible for the website and the project’s Twitter account (@EngImm13301550).
Jessica is currently working on two publications – a monograph and an edited volume of documents – and has published a number of articles:
The Medieval Goldsmiths: Craftsmen, Merchants and Moneylenders, forthcoming with Boydell & Brewer (due 2016).
Eight Goldsmiths of London: Inventories 1365-1535, forthcoming with the London Record Society (due 2016).
‘Christopher Tildesley, Goldsmith of London and King’s Goldsmith’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (May 2012).
‘Luxury and display in silver and gold at the court of Henry IV’, in The Fifteenth Century IX, ed. by Linda Clark (2010).
‘Isabella de Coucy, daughter of Edward III: the exception who proves the rule’, in Fourteenth Century England VI, ed. by C. Given-Wilson (2010).
‘The Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem’ and ‘The Minoresses without Aldgate’ in Caroline M. Barron and Matthew Davies, (eds.), The Religious Houses of London and Middlesex (London, 2007).
‘The London Craft of Joiners, 1250-1550’, in Medieval Prosopography, volume 26 (2005).