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School of Business and Management

Dr Ed Legon


Senior Lecturer in Heritage Management; Programme Director for MA Heritage Management

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5617
Room Number: 4.28a, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Monday 3.00pm - 5.00pm




Ed is Programme Director of the Heritage Management MA, a collaboration between Queen Mary and Historic Royal Palaces.

Ed’s research and teaching interests straddle two broad areas. The first corresponds with the history of production and trade, and specifically the political culture of textile workers in early modern England. He is currently researching and writing a book on this subject.

Ed’s second research area corresponds with his role as Programme Director of the MA Heritage Management. He is interested in both contemporary heritage, especially in London, and histories of heritage which precede the advent of modern preservation practices.

These two strands of research will fuse in a new project about the role of guilds in the radical imagination from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, including the emergence of ‘guild socialism’ within the British labour movement.



  • BUSM162: Heritage: History, Theory and Practice
  • BUSM167: Leadership Seminar
  • BUSM168: Dissertation in Heritage Management

Ed is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests:

  • Histories of production, work, and capitalism
  • Histories of heritage and memory
  • Heritage studies
  • Political culture and power relations
  • Early modern Britain and Europe

Centre and Group Membership:



  • Legon, E., ‘Sadler Saddled: Reconciliation and Recrimination in a Restoration Parish’, English Historical Review (expected early 2021) 
  • Legon, E., ‘“If ever the Devil is abroad, he is abroad now”: Loyalty, Disloyalty, and the Coronation of 1661’, in M. Ward (ed.), Loyalty and Disloyalty in Medieval and Early Modern England (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) 
  • Legon, E., Co-editor, ‘Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Crown’ special edition, Royal Studies Journal 6:2 (2019) 
  • Legon, E., Review article, ‘Radical Possibilities: Gary S. De Krey’s Following the Levellers’, Parliamentary History, 38:3 (2019), 431-435 
  • Legon, E., Remembering Revolution: Seditious Memories after the British Civil Wars (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019) 
  • Legon, E., ‘Remembering the “good old cause”’, in E. Vallance (ed.), Remembering Early Modern Revolutions (London: Routledge, 2018) 
  • Legon, E., ‘Bound up with meaning: the politics and memory of ribbon wearing in Restoration England and Scotland’, Journal of British Studies, 56:1 (Jan., 2017), pp. 27-50


Ed is interested in supervising PhDs in early modern histories of capitalism, production and trade, heritage studies, and memory studies.

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