I'm Tim Hasker and my passion is all things history. I have a Masters in History from the University of Northampton and a Bachelors in History and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. I'm currently researching puritan networks as part of a PhD program at University College London. My area of expertise is religious and political history in the seventeenth century Europe and America. However, I'm also interested in British, American and European history from antiquity through to the modern period. This website has been created to detail ongoing projects and developments in the areas of history that interest me.
2020 - present
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) History, University College London
Working title: 'The Puritan Party: Godly Communities in Northamptonshire 1625-1689'
MA History (Distinction), University of Northampton
Dissertation: 'Peter Whalley and the Northamptonshire godly community, 1634 - 1656'.
BA Hons History and Political Science (2.1), University of Birmingham
Dissertation: 'Freedom, Fairness and Responsibility: the Coalition Government and British Asylum Policy'.
Other Education & Courses
University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education
Ancient Egypt: An Introduction (online course)
Conferences and Talks
Midland History Postgraduate Conference
'Peter Whalley and the Northamptonshire godly community, 1634 - 1656'.
Northamptonshire was at the centre of the political and religious revolution of the civil wars. At the heart of Northamptonshire was Peter Whalley, mayor, county commissioner and MP. This paper explores themes across 1634 and 1656 using Whalley as a case study to reveal new insights on this contested period of history. Whalley’s experience demonstrates a complexity of motivations driven by multi-faceted factors. This paper argues that while Whalley evolved to fit the changing political environment, his beliefs remained constant. This study employs a methodology which transcends numerous schools of thought, validating that a comprehensive understanding of individuals and society during the civil wars is achieved by recognising the myriad of factors at play. Moreover, his interactions with the godly community and others in Northamptonshire and beyond expose the importance of personal relationships and social networks to mid-seventeenth century history.
North American Conference on British Studies
'Martyr or Murderer? Provincial reactions to the trial and execution of Charles I'
January 1649, the English have taken the unprecedented decision to put the King on trial for treason, an act that will seal his fate and the end of Monarchy. However, this decision was reached by only 59 commissioners and by no means reflected the national consensus. This paper will examine reactions to the trial and execution outside of London, using Northampton as a case study. During the civil war Northampton was steadfast in its support for the parliamentary cause, nevertheless, the responses to January 1649 highlight a divided community representative of parliamentarians across the country. This study employs a methodology which emphasising that Northampton’s rationale for supporting parliament was complex and multi-faceted. Members of the parliamentarian community reacted in a myriad of ways to the trial and execution, and this paper will argue that in order to analyse the national response, local and individual reactions need to be understood.
Publications & Guest Blogs
BBC Radio Northampton Book Club, review of, Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulkes.
BBC Radio Northampton, Mayflower 400th Anniversary Broadcast
2020 - present
Museum of Communist Terror
The Museum of Communist Terror aims to keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century. The strategy is to do this through social media, this website, talks and films for schools and universities, lobbying for improvements in the teaching of the history of Communist regimes, events and the creation of one or more small museums leading up to the development of a full-size museum in London. Video interviews are being made with people who have survived Communist oppression or whose lives have been affected. We are seeking to acquire artefacts for the Museum.
2019 - 2020
Billing Parish Church: Exploring the history of the church and village
Billing Parish Church has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to produce an interactive history of the parish church of St Andrew’s and the village of Great Billing. This project will involve rewriting the existing of History of St Andrew’s into a more accessible language for a modern audience. Also, the project will seek to integrate the history of the church with that of the village including a guided tour of both – this is an ambitious project which hopes to create an exciting learning experience unique to Great Billing.
In War and Peace: the changing face of Northampton's Racecourse
Researcher and Presenter
The University of Northampton received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research and produce a documentary about the Racecourse during the First World War. The project, In War and Peace – the Changing Face of Northampton’s Racecourse, focused on the park between 1914 and 1918 when it was commandeered as a staging post for troops, through to when it became allotments in the latter years of the war. Using local resources, the project researched information about the events that took place within the area, which then was feed into the production of a documentary. The documentary will include interviews with local historians and authors, proving an insight into life within and outside the base.
Race Act 40: Sharing Stories of Racial Discrimination in Wellingborough
This oral history project was created to mark 40 years of The Race Relations Act 1976. The Race Relations Act 1976 was introduced with the aim of protecting people from racial discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnicity or national origin. It covered employment, education, housing, advertising and the provision of goods and services. Our research is unique to other studies exploring racism and racial inequality as it has recorded the stories of ordinary people and enabled them to share their experiences while capturing individual human experiences. Many participants in other projects recording incidents of racism can unintentionally become a statistic on a piece of paper, which dehumanises their experiences and can unintentionally reduce the impact of the research.