Dr Christine Jackson

Joint Course Director, Foundation Certificate in History and Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies; Director of Graduate Studies


Christine graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London and studied part-time for a PhD whilst taking a career break to have children. Between degrees she worked in personnel management, qualifying as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and working as a Compensation and Benefits Manager in the Engineering Industry (Computer Systems). She has pursued a career in academia since 1994, working as a part-time lecturer and regional administrator at the Open University from 1994 and joining Oxford University Department for Continuing Education in 1997 to develop, co-direct and teach the Foundation Certificate in Modern History.

Appointed to a full-time post and a fellowship of Kellogg College in 1999, her academic responsibilities embrace both history and academic support. She co-directs both the Foundation Certificate in Modern History, which provides a progression route for second-year entry to colleges within Oxford University and other institutions, and OUDCE’s new Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies, designed to enable non-history graduates to undertake postgraduate research in the historical disciplines. She teaches one of the advanced papers for the MSc in Local History and supervise DPhil students and MSc student for the Local History programme. She also directs day and weekend schools, focusing on themes in medieval and early modern British and European History and contribute to the direction and teaching of history courses on the weekly class programme.

During her years in the Department she has also taught on the Florida and Oxford Experience Summer Schools and taught and directed on the Renaissance Art and Patronage Summer School and the Oxford University Summer School for Adults. From 1999-2003 she acted as External Examiner for the Cambridge University Institute for Continuing Education’s Advanced Diploma in Local History.

At Kellogg College Christine has served as Women’s Officer, 2001-3, Deputy Dean of Degrees 2005-7 and Deputy Dean 2009-present.


Dr Jackson specialises in early modern British History and some early modern French History. She teaches British History 1485-1603, an optional subject on the English Nobility and Gentry c.1560-1640, and Approaches to History for the Foundation Certificate in Modern History. She offers an advanced paper on English Provincial Elites c.1500-1750 for the MSc in Local History. She has wide interests in the history of the Tudor and Stuart periods and covers political, social, economic, and where appropriate cultural and local aspects of the discipline in these courses. She teaches a wide range of courses on the early modern period, and occasionally the Victorian period, for the weekly class and summer school programmes.

Research interests

Dr Jackson's research interests lie in the social and economic history of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The first strand focuses upon urban history, studying the impact of the expansion and decline of clothmaking upon the economy, social structure and political development of Reading, Newbury and Abingdon, and exploring the emergence of entrepreneurship and the life-cycle of the family business, levels of industrial specialisation, labour relations, the rise of political and social conflict between the political elite, freemen and the poor, the effectiveness of state and charitable initiatives to relieve unemployment and poverty, including the building of early workhouses. The second and more recent strand focuses upon the nobility and gentry, both nationally and with a regional bias. She has recently started to research the life and historical writings of Lord Herbert of Cherbury (c.1582-1648) who embraced the roles of  not only courtier, soldier and diplomat but also poet, philosopher and historian at the courts of James I and Charles I.

Supervision of Postgraduate Students

She is interested in supervising postgraduate students researching social and economic aspects of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including the nobility and gentry, poverty and charity and women and early modern regional studies such as towns and villages, provincial elites, trade and industry and religious change. Recent students have worked upon rural development and enclosure and an early Tudor gentleman (Sir Edward Don) and his locality whilst current students are exploring West Berkshire yeomen and women and education in south western England.


Recent and Forthcoming Publications

‘Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the Presentation of the Henrician Reformation in his Life And Raigne Of King Henry The Eighth’.   The Seventeenth Century, Forthcoming 2013, vol. 28.2.

‘Memory and the construction and experience of elite masculinity in the seventeenth-century autobiography of Lord Herbert of Cherbury’. Forthcoming Gender and History, April 2013, vol. 25.1.

It is unpossible to draw his Picture well who hath severall countenances.’  Lord Herbert of Cherbury and The Life and Reign of King Henry VIII’ in T Betteridge and T. Freeman eds.,  Henry VIII in History, (Ashgate, 2012).

Boom -time freaks or heroic industrial pioneers? Clothing entrepreneurs in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Berkshire’ , Textile History, (2008), vol. 39. 

'Thomas Garth, Rector of Charlton-on-Otmoor, 1615-43: Rake or Reformer?’  Oxoniensia, (2008), vol. 29.

A town ‘governed by a company of geese in furred gowns’: political and social conflict in Reading c.1620-40, Southern History (2007), vol. 29.

‘Functionality, commemoration and civic competition: a study of early 17th-century workhouse design and building in Reading and Newbury’, Journal of Architectural History (2004) vol. 47.

The Newbury Kendrick Workhouse Records, (Berkshire Record Series, Reading, 2004) vol. VIII.

‘Clothmaking and the Economy of 16th-Century Abingdon’, Oxoniensia (2002) vol. LXVII.


Recent Papers and Lectures

 A 'dialogue between the present and past'? Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the Henrician Reformation in his Life and Reign of King Henry VIII, Religious History of Britain Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, March 2011.

'The presentation of masculine identity in the portraits, correspondence and autobiography of Lord Herbert of Cherbury', Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, March 2011.

'Lord Herbert of Cherbury and The Life and Raigne of King Henry’,  Annual Conference  of the Renaissance Society of America, Venice, April 2010.

‘Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the Changing Role and Image of the Elizabethan and Early Stuart Nobility’, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, March 2010.

‘The construction, experience and presentation of masculinity in the autobiographical writing of the nobility and gentry in early seventeenth-century England’, Postgraduate Workshop, University of Exeter, July 2009.

‘It is impossible to draw his picture well who hath several countenances.’  Lord Herbert of Cherbury and The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth’,  Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, 1509-2009, Hampton Court Conference, Hampton Court Palace, July 2009.

‘It is impossible to draw his picture well who hath several countenances.’  Lord Herbert of Cherbury and The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth, History and Literature Seminar, University of Oxford, May 2009.

‘Tyrant or Hero? Writing the History of Henry VIII’s Reign in Tudor and Stuart England’, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, May 2009.

‘Identity, Memory and the Representation of Elite Masculinity in the Autobiographical Self-Fashioning of Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Social History Society Conference, University of Warwick,   April 2009.

‘Interpreting and evaluating organisational change in the early modern cloth industry’ University of Reading, May 2008.

‘Clerical negligence in an Oxfordshire parish’, Oxfordshire Local History Society, April 2008

‘From medieval warlord to renaissance courtier: the Tudor nobility’, Oxford University Life-long Learning Society, March 2008.

‘The family business in urban clothmaking’ Oxford University, Early Modern British and Irish History Research Centre, November 2007.

‘Reading visual images of elite family life in early modern England’, University of Reading, May 2007.

‘Kendrick’s workhouses in Reading and Newbury’ Oxford Architectural and Historical Society, March 2007.

‘Holbein’s England’, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, October 2006.

‘Accommodating philanthropy: the Newbury and Reading Kendrick Workhouses’ University of Warwick, Renaissance Seminar Programme, July 2006
‘Entrepreneurship and the Family Business’, Economic and Social History Society Conference, April 2006.