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School of Business and Management

Dr Ed Legon


Senior Lecturer in Heritage Management and Business History

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 teaching collaboration between Queen Mary and Historic Royal Palaces.

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

Ed’s second research area corresponds with his role as Programme Director of the MA Heritage Management. He is interested in ecclesiastical and industrial heritage in contemporary London, as well as the history of heritage discourse.



  • Organiser of BUS262 Business and History


  • 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., ‘The Wings of Daedalus: The Business and Politics of the Linen Trade in Late Seventeenth-Century England’, Business and History (published online, Nov. 2022)
  • Legon, E., ‘The Lord Mayor’s Show and the Politics of London’s Clothworkers’ Company in the Mid-Seventeenth Century’, The London Journal, 47:3 (Nov. 2022), 241-259
  • Legon, E., ‘Heritage before Modernity: The Afterlife of a Dissolved Priory’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 28:4 (2021), 427-443
  • Legon, E., 'Sadler Saddled: Reconciliation and Recrimination in a Restoration Parish' publication to include publication information: English Historical Review, 36:582 (Oct., 2021), 1164-1192 
  • 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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