Andrew Foster, BA, DPhil, FRHistS, FSA, FHA is an ecclesiastical historian who has published widely on bishops, cathedrals, parishes, clergy and churchwardens of the early modern period. Andrew is active in both the Royal Historical Society (having served as a Vice-President) and also the Historical Association (for which he chaired the Public History Committee). He is currently working on two major projects: (1) a collection of the correspondence and papers of Archbishop Richard Neile for publication by the Church of England Record Society, and (2) a two volume history of the dioceses of England and Wales, c.1540-1700.
I am delighted to be joining the Lincoln Unlocked team as a Visiting Researcher for I have already enjoyed working with Lindsay and colleagues on episcopal Visitors of Oxford colleges in the early modern period. This led to my Lincoln Unlocked lecture on that subject in 2017. I have extensive experience of working in archives and fully support the aims of Lincoln Unlocked, which accord closely with several of the research priorities recently laid out by The National Archives. My current interests in Oxford lie with unravelling connections between colleges – their fellows, heads and students – and particular dioceses and cathedral establishments. In the case of Lincoln College, it is intriguing to note how many fellows and students seem to have assisted in the reconstruction of the cathedrals and dioceses of Chichester and Durham post Restoration in 1660. I am an experienced supervisor and examiner of research degrees, a one-time Director of Research, a long-standing Literary Director of the Sussex Record Society, and I look forward to placing this experience at the disposal of Lincoln Unlocked.