Tom Licence

Tom Oliver Licence is a British historian specialising in the period 950-1200, with an additional interest in Victorian consumer waste. He is Professor of Medieval History and Consumer Culture at the University of East Anglia and director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies.[1][2]

His work on Victorian consumer waste, represented in his book and website What the Victorians threw away, has attracted international press coverage.[3][4][5]


Licence attended Westcliff High School for Boys and has an MA in History (2002), MPhil in Medieval History (2003) and PhD (2006) from the University of Cambridge.[6] His thesis title was "England's hermits, 970-1220".[7]

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Higher Education Academy.[6]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Hermits and recluses in English society, 950-1200 (2011,Oxford UP: ISBN 9780199592364)[8][9]
  • Bury St Edmonds and the Norman Conquest (2014, edited, Boydel Press: ISBN 9781843839316)
  • What the Victorians threw away (2015, Oxbow book: ISBN 9781782978756)


  1. ^ "Tom Licence". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Centre of East Anglian Studies". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ Fallon, Fionnuala (2 April 2016). "Unearthing hidden treasures while working in old gardens". Irish Times. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ Frayer, Lauren (1 June 2016). "Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish". National Public Radio. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ Sebastian, Shevlin (24 January 2017). "Finding beauty in rubbish". New Indian Express. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Dr Tom Licence: Overview". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Catalogue record for "England's hermits, 970-1220"". Copac. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ Barr, Jessica (July 2012). "Tom Licence, Hermits and Recluses in English Society, 950–1200 (review)". Speculum. 87 (3): 897. doi:10.1017/S0038713412002461.
  9. ^ Jones, E.A. "Hermits and Recluses in English Society, 950-1200 (review)". Reviews in History. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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