An illuminated initial from a medieval legal treatise portraying its author, a judge

Bracton Centre for Legal History Research

The Bracton Centre for Legal History Research was instituted in 2009 with the intention that it will be:

  • A beacon for internationally excellent, original and rigorous legal history scholarship spanning the Middle Ages to the modern period and employing both doctrinal and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • A hive for major funded research projects: Law and Image (The British Academy), Lawyers in Society (Economic and Social Research Council), Legal Foundations of Tribunals (the British Academy), The Victorian Taxpayer and the Law (Leverhulme Trust), Taxation and the Medical Profession (Wellcome Trust). Host for databases and websites arising from projects.
  • A centre for postgraduate study (degrees of PhD, MPhil and MA by Research) encouraging use of the excellent facilities for legal history research in Exeter and South West England, including records of the Exeter City Courts in the Devon Record Office and early law books in the University Special Collection. 
  • A forum for public lectures, conferences and seminars open to all sharing an interest in legal history.
  • A resource for scholars, members of the legal profession, judiciary and local historians with an interest in the discipline and a conduit for information about legal history events and scholarship.
  • A platform for engaging the local community in the knowledge and relevance of legal history