Dr Robert Stansfield-Cudworth is a British Archivist, Historian, and Composer who has been an Archivist and Researcher; Tutor, Associate Lecturer, and Honorary Research Fellow (University of Lancaster
); and Postgraduate Researcher (UK Research and Innovation
: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Author of Political Elites in South-West England, 1450–1500
(2009), his research fields include governance, identities, and elites, with further interests comprising historical, political, and religious sociology, antiquarianism, and genealogy.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education
. Involved in various organisations, he is a past President of the Lancaster University Historical Society
; and past Secretary of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
and the Chetham Society
• Principal Investigator (2010–22)
Later Lollardy: A Comparative Perspective
- Exploring musical representations (and elicitations) of meaning in programmatic and ‘absolute’ works, such as symphonic poems and concerti.
• Principal Investigator (1999–2021)
Gentry and Yeomanry in Lancashire, c.1290–1861
- Reappraising Later Lollardy in England, its evolution and infrastructure, through the prism of comparative and sociological perspectives of religious movements.
• Principal Investigator (1994–2021)
Archival and Historical Scholarship and Antiquarianism
- (Re-)Constituting gentry and non-gentry (yeomanry) families in Lancashire – using a variety of sources and archives – to investigate kinship networks, family life, faith and (self-) identity, socio-economic roles, inheritance patterns, agricultural practices, socio-political and educational interests, and wider associations.
• Principal Investigator (2008–17)
Political Elites in South-West England, 1450–1500
- Exploring developments in archival and historical scholarship – and professionalisation of historical (and archival) practice – during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
• Principal Investigator (2000–13)
Evaluating Ecclesiastical Collections
- Examining the crown’s approach to government in South-West England, this UK Research and Innovation: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project (2001–5) investigated Edward IV’s policy towards the English regions, and explored the feasibility of a regional approach to the politics, government, and ruling elites of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset (1450–1500).
• Co-Investigator (2001–2)
- Surveying the history, contents, and context of an ecclesiastical library, with a particular focus on the folio titles.