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My research focuses on medievalism and antiquarianism in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Enlightenment library, archive and museum collections. My first book, Anglo-Saxonism and the Idea of Englishness, 1703-1805, examines the range of ways that early medieval English literature and history influenced scholarly and popular ideas about the relationship between England's early medieval history and its identity as a modern nation. My recent articles consider the interface between medievalist scholarship and popular culture, on subjects ranging from dramas about Alfred the Great, early Anglo-Saxon material culture, Romantic-era engravings of Anglo-Saxon literary and historical episodes, and the place of linguistics in legal education.

I am also the Librarian and Archivist of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society, Britain's oldest provincial intellectual society, founded in 1710. I am currently editing the first of six volumes of the SGS' illustrated minute books, which detail the Society's activities from 1710-29, and preparing catalogues of its early modern and eighteenth-century libraries. In addition to leading the Society's research programme and academic collaborations I provide consultancy for Midlands heritage collections on the conservation, cataloguing and display of rare books, manuscripts and related specimens.

I am currently supervising a collaborative doctoral award with the University of Leicester and the Spalding Gentlemen's Society. I am always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students with interests in medievalism from the early modern period to the present, antiquarianism, the history of libraries and collecting, and the literature and culture of the long 18th century.

External positions

Librarian & Archivist, Spalding Gentlemen's Society

Research Output 2010 2019

Anglo-Saxonism and the Idea of Englishness in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Frazier Wood, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Boydell & Brewer. (Medievalism)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Seeing History: Illustration, Poetic Drama, and the National Past

Frazier Wood, D., Apr 2019, Romanticism and Illustration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 70-93

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Minute Books of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society: Volume 1: 1710-1729

Frazier Wood, D., 2019, (In preparation) Open access online digital scholarly edition: To be confirmed.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Plate 2.3: A portrait of Mr. Holmes, deputy keeper of the records in the Tower

Frazier Wood, D., 14 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) University of Missouri.

Research output: Other contribution

Charter Horns and the Antiquarian Imagination in Early Modern England

Frazier Wood, D., Sep 2017, In : Studies in Medievalism. 26, p. 67-86

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Invited talk

International Congress on Medieval Studies

Dustin Frazier Wood (Invited speaker)
10 May 201813 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900

Dustin Frazier Wood (Keynote/plenary speaker)
31 Mar 20172 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference