Dr Alice Marples

  • Early Modern History of Science and Medicine
  • History of Knowledge
  • Institutions and social networks

My research explores interactions between commercial and scholarly cultures of knowledge in British medicine and science between 1650 and 1850. It focuses on the management of manuscript, material and human resources within institutions and their relation to wider local and national contexts. I am particularly interested in how social change and financial innovations influenced the management of resources, assessments of value, and the generation of credit and trust across interconnected private and public spaces. I am fascinated by the operation of institutions within larger webs of urban and political activity, examining how different groups – from government officials to trade guilds – interacted and shared information, and how they negotiated their individual, corporate and, increasingly, national interests.

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