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University of Hertfordshire Press

University of Hertfordshire Press

About University of Hertfordshire Press

Launched in 1992, University of Hertfordshire Press is a small academic press that seeks to both support the research community within our own University and to publish outstanding research from around the world.

We have developed a number of specialist areas within our list: in particular we are renowned for publishing local and regional academic history. We have 2 well-established series in this field and are also building locally based editorial panels with specialised knowledge of their region. The first of these is Essex Publications.

In addition, University of Hertfordshire Press also has a local history imprint, Hertfordshire Publications, which publishes research on wide-ranging aspects of Hertfordshire’s history.

We also publish in these areas:

Browse our catalogue to find out more about our publications.



Literature and Theatre studies

It also publishes in the area of literature and theatre studies, often in partnership with the Society for Theatre Research. Among the titles in this area are Professor Graham Holderness’s Shakespeare trilogy: Cultural Shakespeare (2001), Visual Shakespeare (2002) and Textual Shakespeare (2003). Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880 by Jim Davis and Victor Emeljanow (Iowa University Press/University of Hertfordshire Press, 2001) won the 2001 Theatre Book Prize. The playtext The Al-Hamlet Summit by Sulayman Al-Bassam published by the press in 2006, won a Fringe First award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2016 UH Press published a new critical edition of the 1944 novel Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall, with notes and an introduction by Rowland Hughes, “Shocking and entertaining in equal measures: a true gem from a bygone era. ★★★★★” The Lady Magazine. The novel was inspired by the legend of Lady Katherine Ferrers and was adapted into the classic British film The Wicked Lady, produced by Gainsborough Studios in 1945, starring Margaret Lockwood, Patricia Roc and James Mason.


The series Studies in Regional and Local History began in 2003 with A Hertfordshire Demesne of Westminster Abbey: Profits, productivity and weather by Derek Vincent Stern and Chris Thornton (UH Press, 2003). This series reached volume 14 in 2016 with Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society: Revisiting Tawney and Postan by J.P. Bowen and A.T. Brown (eds) (UH Press, 2016). Another series, Explorations in Local and Regional History, is a continuation and development of the ‘Occasional Papers’ of the University of Leicester’s Department of English Local History, a series started by Herbert Finberg in 1952.

Hertfordshire Publications became an imprint of UH Press in 2001 and publishes local history books with a focus on Hertfordshire. The imprint is an association between UH Press and the Hertfordshire Association for Local History. In 2015 it published Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Festschrift for Tony Rook by Kris Lockyear (ed) to celebrate the life and work of Tony Rook, a leading practitioner of archaeology in the county and is “based on a conference marking Mr Rook’s 80th birthday”.

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