In this talk Jerome de Groot looks at the ways in which DNA and genetic science informs our understanding of the past. Looking at ancient DNA and contemporary family history genetic sequencing, as well as considering high profile cases such as Cheddar Man, Richard III, and the Golden State Killer, he will think about the new paradigms for remembering that have been created by innovations in scientific knowledge.

Jerome is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Manchester,UK. He is the author of The Historical Novel (2009), Consuming History (2008) and Royalist Identities(2004), as well asnumerous articles on manuscript studies, historiography, popular history and early modern court culture.