Dr Taylor Aucoin

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow


I’m a social and cultural historian of medieval and early modern Britain, with research interests in work, play, festivity and Carnival. I study how practices and traditions of work and play intersected with social relations, identities, and politics in the past; how people used them to shape their social worlds.  

I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol, with a thesis on medieval and early modern Shrovetide, Britain’s pre-Lenten Carnival. I am now a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh researching the social and cultural history of football in Britain before 1800.

I’m also an associate of the University of Exeter, working on the European Research Council-funded project ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Work in the Preindustrial Economy’.

Undergraduate teaching

Revelry and Riot: Popular Culture in Britain, c.1400-1800 [HIST10504] Honours Elective