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Elizabeth Biggs is one of two research fellows working on the Medieval Gold seam of the Beyond 2022 Project at ADAPT. This seam will create a digital edition of the surviving financial records for medieval Ireland. She is interested in late medieval government and in digital humanities as a way to approach historical research questions.
Elizabeth completed her doctorate in 2016 at the University of York, where she was part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council project, St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941, which produced a digital model of the first permanent UK House of Commons, new webpages about Parliament’s history and digital acoustic modelling of what it sounded like to be in the early modern Commons. Her part of the project looked at the two centuries when St Stephen’s Chapel was a religious institution from 1348 to 1548, exploring how visitors saw the chapel, what happened there and what its relationship was to royal administration in the palace that surrounded it.
She then took elements of that research forward in two different directions. As a research fellow at Durham University from 2017-18, she explored the survival of Durham Cathedral Library and what it can tell us about the theology of the Reformation. Elizabeth returned to York in 2018 to work on a follow-on project to St Stephen’s, on the surviving physical fabric of St Stephen’s within the current Houses of Parliament in London. She then taught at the University of the West of England from 2018 to 2020, before joining Beyond 2022 in August 2020.