Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin, Cardiff University Kilburn-ToppinJ@cardiff.ac.uk There are few heritage sites as iconic as the Tower of London. For most twenty-first century Londoners and tourists, the Tower is associated with famous prisoners, grisly executions, and the Crown Jewels. To the early modern mind, the Tower had a more varied range of associations. As well as being … Continued
Clare Burgess and Olivia Wyatt, University of York @clareburgess6 @oliviawyatt1999 At the end of February, amid staff strikes and growing rumours about an as-yet unfamiliar disease, we stood at the front of an auditorium and opened a conference that had been nearly a year in the making. We were nervous, and felt a little like … Continued
Kate Brooks, Bath Spa University K.Brooks@bathspa.ac.uk We are pleased to share this blog by Kate Brooks, the winner of the 2020 SHS Postgraduate Prize. In 1851, Joseph Lowe was working as a barber in Willenhall, Staffordshire, with four children and a house servant named Jane. Willenhall was an overcrowded, impoverished district, known for locksmithery and … Continued
Dr Fanny Louvier, University of Oxford email@example.com In the first half of the twentieth century, domestic service was one of the main occupations for women in both France and Britain. We often imagine these women wearing black dresses, white aprons and white caps on their heads. This popular image is not too far from the … Continued
Dr Wendy Ugolini is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests focus on the relationship between war and identity in the twentieth century. Her first monograph, ‘Experiencing War as the “Enemy Other”: Italian Scottish Experience in World War II’ (Manchester University Press, 2011), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize.
In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the dual Welsh and British identity she explores in her recent article for Cultural and Social History: ‘The “Welsh” Pimpernel: Richard Llewellyn and the Search for Authenticity in Second World War Britain’.
Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on everyday life and resistance, collective memory and political culture in French history, including ‘Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-45’ (Macmillan, 2002), ‘Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914’ (Allen Lane, 2008) and ‘Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance’ (Harvard University Press, 2015).
In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on how his new book, ‘Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019)’, came to be compaison between the legacies and politics of the colonial past in France and Britain.
Dr Bart Lambert is Assistant Professor in Late Medieval Urban History and a member of the HOST research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. His work focuses on migration flows and international trade in Europe between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.
In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the life of Gervase de Vulre, one of those whose story was uncovered during his collaboration with Mark Ormrod and Jonathan Mackman, which led to the publication of their co-authored monograph ‘Immigrant England, 1300-1550’ with Manchester University Press in December 2018.
Dr Laura Kounine is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex. She is the co-editor of ‘Cultures of Conflict and Resolution in Early Modern Europe’ (Ashgate, 2015), ‘Emotions in the History of Witchcraft’ (Palgrave, 2017) and the online platform ‘History of Emotions – Insights into Research’.
In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she explains why she wanted her new book – ‘Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany’ (Oxford University Press, 2018) – to be less a history of accusations and executions, and more a history of resistance.