Xmera / Jan Broadway

Dr Jan Broadway

I am an unusual combination of early modern historian and software engineer with extensive experience of project management in both commercial and academic environments. From 2002 to 2010 I worked with Professor Lisa Jardine as the Technical Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London. I am currently a trustee of the Gloucestershire County History Trust and undertake research and editorial work on the volumes currently in progress for VCH Gloucestershire.

My early research was on early modern gentry society and the development of local and family history. I am currently interested in the kinship relationships of the Gloucestershire gentry. During lockdown Ireturned to an earlier project on the women of the Berkeley family from the reign of Henry VIII to the Civil War. This is now published as The Wives of the Berkeleys - more information.
I have also produced a paper on the scandal surrounding Lady Henrietta Berkeley's affair with her brother-in-law and his prosecution in 1682 for abducting her related to the politics of the Exclusion Crisis: Lady Henrietta Berkeley: A Restoration Affair.

A keen gardener and orchid grower for many years and now an allotmenteer, I also work on the history of gardening.

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