Researching the Ragged Schools

Dr Laura Mair is REF Impact Officer for the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. Alongside completing her doctoral research on the ragged school movement, in 2015-16 she acted as research consultant to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Museum of Childhood for their ‘On Their Own’ exhibition on British child migrants.

In her contribution to the Research, she reflects on her experience of researching the intimate history of children’s and adult’s lives in the Victorian ragged schools, which is the subject of her new book ‘Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools: An Intimate History of Educating the Poor, 1844-1870’, which is published by Routledge.

Prisons, human rights, HIV, and other cheery subjects

Dr Janet Weston is a social historian based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with particular interests in health and law. Her first book, Medicine, the Penal System and Sexual Crimes in England, 1919-1960s, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018, and she has also written about HIV/AIDS policy, public engagement, and dementia.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on the limits of thinking about HIV/AIDs as a matter of human rights in the 1990s, something she wrote about in her recent article for Cultural & Social History, ‘Sites of Sickness, sites of rights? HIV/AIDS and the limits of human rights in British prisons’ was published online on 11 March 2019.

Women and Adult Education during the 1970s

Dr Eve Worth, University of Oxford   2019 is a particularly important moment to reflect on the history of adult education in Britain. This year marks the centenary of the landmark 1919 report on Adult Education produced by the Ministry of Reconstruction. The authors of the report argued that adult education had a significant … Continued

SHS Postgraduate Prize Winner: Dirt, Health and Home Gardening

Sophie Greenway is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick. Her PhD is entitled ‘Growing well: Dirt, health and the home gardener 1930-1970’. She is currently on secondment with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust working on the project ‘Hygiene and our relationship to nature- achieving a better balance?’

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on the process of pitching her work for the postgraduate paper prize which she won at the 2017 Social History Society conference and developing it for publication as ‘Producer or consumer? The House, the Garden and the Sourcing of Vegetables in Britain 1930-1970’ in Cultural & Social History, published online on 18 April 2019.

How Animals Shaped Georgian London

Dr Thomas Almeroth-Williams is a Research Associate of the University of York’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and a Research Communications Manager at the University of Cambridge. In addition to human–animal interactions, his main interests lie in urban life and the world of work in Georgian Britain.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses his hope of bringing animal history firmly into the realm of social history with his new book ‘City of Beasts: How animals shaped Georgian London’ (Manchester University Press, 2019).

Toil and Trouble: Ireland’s Last Witch Trial

Dr Andrew Sneddon is Lecturer in International History at Ulster University. He is a social and cultural historian of witchcraft and magic from the medieval to modern periods. He is the author of ‘Witchcraft and Whigs The life of Bishop Francis Hutchinson, 1660–1739’ (Manchester University Press, 2008), ‘Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches and Ireland’s Only Mass Witchcraft Trial’ (History Press, 2013) and ‘Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland’ (Plagrave Macmillan, 2015).

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on why and how he returned to the subject of the Islandmagee Witches for his latest article, ‘Witchcraft Belief, Representation and Memory in Modern Ireland’, Cultural & Social History, published online on 31 March 2019.

Courtship in the Eighteenth Century

Dr Sally Holloway is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History & History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. With Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles, she is the co-editor of ‘Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History’ (Oxford University Press, 2018).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she uses the eighteenth-century courtship of Elizabeth Jeffreys and Charles Pratt to illustrate the key themes of her new book, ‘The Game of Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions, and Material Culture’ (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Beyond ‘mad’ and ‘bad’ at Salem

Isabelle Laskaris recently completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, where she primarily researched emotions in New England witchcraft. She is currently completing an Honours thesis on slave resistance in eighteenth-century New England at Monash University, and also works as a Liaison Librarian at Deakin University.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange she discusses different ways of viewing the behaviour of young female accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, which is also the focus of her recent article, ‘Agency and emotion of young female accusers in the Salem witchcraft trials’, for Cultural & Social History.

The Emotional World of the Wedding Certificate

Dr Katie Barclay is Deputy-Director of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History, University of Adelaide. She is the author of ‘Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850’ (Manchester University Press, 2011), ‘Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-45’ (Manchester University Press, 2018) and numerous articles on the history of emotion, identity and family.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the eighteenth-century wedding certificates that were an important historical source for her most recently article ‘Doing the Paperwork: the Emotional World of Wedding Certificates’, published online with Cultural & Social History on 14 March 2019.

Rebuilding Britain’s Blitzed Cities

Dr Catherine Flinn is Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where she completed a PhD in modern British history in 2012. Her background prior to the doctorate was in architecture, planning and the historic built environment. Her current research focuses on postwar reconstruction, in particular the political, economic and cultural impacts on rebuilding and redevelopment.

Her contribution to the Research Exchange coincides with the launch of her book, ‘Rebuilding Britain’s Blitzed Cities: Hopeful Dreams, Stark Realities’ which is published by Bloomsbury and will be launched at Churchill College, Cambridge, on 1 May 2019.