Paul Dryburgh

  • Position: Principal Record Specialist
  • Specialism: Medieval

Paul Dryburgh is an archivist and historian who specialises in government and society in the British Isles in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Prior to joining The National Archives as a Medieval Record Specialist in 2014, Paul worked at the Borthwick Institute, University of York. He holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, and has over a decade of experience working on academic research projects.

Paul’s current research interests include ecclesiastical records, medieval Ireland, and the materiality of records, particularly seals. He is also has a keen interest in the training of linguistic and palaeographic skills needed to access medieval records.


Calendar of the Fine Rolls of the Reign of Henry III, eds. P. Dryburgh and B. Hartland, technical eds. Arianna Ciula, Tamara Lopez & Jose Miguel Vieira, 3 vols (Woodbridge, 2007-14), available online.

A. Bell, C. Brooks and P. Dryburgh, The English Wool Market c. 1230-1327 (Cambridge, 2007)

P. Dryburgh and B. Smith (eds.), Handbook and Select Calendar of Documents Relating to Medieval Ireland in the National Archives of the United Kingdom (Dublin, 2005)

Research projects

‘St Stephen’s Chapel Project’, University of York (2014-16), Advisory Board member

‘The Gascon Rolls Project’ (AHRC), University of Keele (2014), Advisory Board member

‘Mapping the Medieval Countryside Project’ (AHRC), University of Winchester (2014), Advisory Board member

‘The Registers of the Archbishops of York: 1225-1646: International Colloquium and Pilot Project’ (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), pilot project, University of York (2012-13), Project Manager

‘Henry III Fine Rolls Project’ [AHRC, 2005-11], Kings College London, Department of History, Research Fellow