Oliver Harris

Oliver Harris

BA (Oxford, 1980); Diploma in Archive Administration (Aberystwyth, 1982); PhD (London Metropolitan University, 2006)

Research Assistant

+44 020 3108 8398


Oliver is currently assisting Dr Michael Quinn in the preparation of a new edition of Jeremy Bentham’s writings on Political Economy. He has been associated with the Bentham Project in various capacities since 1998.

His personal research interests lie in the history of early modern antiquarianism, and in English and Welsh local history.



‘William Camden, Philemon Holland and the 1610 translation of Britannia’, Antiquaries Journal 95 (2015), 279–303

‘The generations of Adam: the monument of Sir Gawen Carew in Exeter Cathedral’, Church Monuments 29 (2014), 40–71

‘Beards: true and false’, Church Monuments 28 (2013), 124–32

‘Lines of descent: appropriations of ancestry in stone and parchment’, in Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist (eds), The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: memorial cultures of the Post Reformation (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 85–102

(With Alexandra Gillespie) ‘Holinshed and the native chronicle tradition’, in Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer and Felicity Heal (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed’s Chronicles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 135–51

‘“Une tresriche sepulture”: the tomb and chantry of John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lancaster in Old St Paul’s Cathedral, London’, Church Monuments 25 (2010), 7–35

‘Antiquarian attitudes: crossed legs, crusaders and the evolution of an idea’, Antiquaries Journal (2010), 401–40

‘“The greatest blow to antiquities that ever England had”: the Reformation and the antiquarian resistance’, in Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen and Richard Todd (eds), The Reformation Unsettled: British literature and the question of religious identity, 1560–1660 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), 225–42

‘Jews, jurats and the Jewry Wall: a name in context’, Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society 82 (2008), 113–33

‘John Leland and the “Briton brykes”’, Antiquaries Journal 87 (2007), 346–56

‘Polydore Vergil’s hangings in the quire of Wells Cathedral’, Somerset Archaeology and Natural History 149 (2006), 71–7

The Archbishops’ Town: the making of medieval Croydon (Croydon: Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society, 2005)

‘“Motheaten, mouldye and rotten”: the early custodial history and dissemination of John Leland’s manuscript remains’, Bodleian Library Record 18 (2005), 460–501

‘Nyn Hall, Northaw: an alternative history’, Hertfordshire Archaeology 13 (2004), 99–100

‘Stow and the contemporary antiquarian network’, in Ian Gadd and Alexandra Gillespie (eds), John Stow (1525-1605) and the Making of the English Past: studies in early modern culture and the history of the book (London: British Library, 2004), 27–35