Dr Alex Brown, Project Coordinator

Since completing his PhD in 2012, Alex Brown has been the Economic History Society Postan Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London, in 2012, and the Addison Wheeler Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, in 2013-16. During this period, he published a book on Rural Society and Economic Change in County Durham (Boydell, 2015), which explored landed society in the Durham region between the late-fourteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. He also co-edited (with Andy Burn and Rob Doherty) Crises in Economic and Social History (Boydell, 2015), and (with James Bowen) Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2016). His current research explores how the fear of downward social mobility shaped economic change in late medieval England.

Alex is currently the project coordinator of the ‘History of North Teesdale’ Project, a collaboration between the Durham VCH Trust and Teesside University. This project will work with volunteers to research and write three VCH ‘Short Histories’ of Gainford, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Barnard Castle, with the eventual aim of producing a ‘Big Red Book’ on the Teesdale region. The project will also use the primary material collected to work with schools in the area to promote and facilitate the study of local history at all levels of the curriculum.

For any enquiries about the ‘History of North Teesdale’ Project, please contact Dr Alex Brown at either: or

VCH Teesside