Punk Rock, Provincial Pride and the History of Local Journalism

Dr Andrew Hobbs is a senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, interested in provincial print culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently working on a scholarly edition of the only known diaries of a provincial 19th-century journalist, Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912). Follow @HewitsonDiaries for daily extracts from the diaries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains the emotions and experiences behind his new open-access book, ‘A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900’ (Open Book, 2018).

Justifying Corporal Punishment

Andrew Burchell recently submitted his PhD thesis at the University of Warwick, funded by the Wellcome Trust, which examines the relationship between school discipline and the development of theories surrounding adolescence in twentieth-century Britain.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the history of corporal punishment and school discipline, themes which he explores in his recent article ‘In Loco Parentis, Corporal Punishment and the Moral Economy of Discipline in English Schools, 1945–1986’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 4 (2018), pp. 551-570.

Opera before “Elitism”

Dr Alexandra Wilson is Reader in Music at Oxford Brookes University, where she researches the social and cultural history of opera. She is the author of ‘The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity’ (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and ‘Opera: A Beginner’s Guide’ (OneWorld Publications, 2010).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses her research on Opera’s surprising place in the 1920s ‘battle of the brows’ for her new book ‘Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain’ (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Charity Entrepreneurs

Dr Sarah Roddy is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Manchester. She is the author of ‘Population, providence and empire: the churches and emigration from nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Manchester University Press, 2014).

In her contribution for the Research Exchange, she explains how innovative and competitive the fundraisers were that she researched for her new book with Julie-Marie Strange and Bertrand Taithe, ‘The Charity Market and Humanitarianism in Britain, 1870–1912’ (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Rethinking Learie Constantine

Jeffrey Hill is an emeritus professor of historical and cultural studies at De Montfort University. He has written on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture, with a special emphasis in recent years on the study of sport and its ideological influences.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses the need to tell the story of cricketing hero Learie Constantine with a new focus on race, Empire and the Commonwealth. ‘Learie Constantine and Race Relations in Britain and the Empire’ was published by Bloomsbury in December 2018.

The Postmistress and the Silkworm

Dr Leonie Hannan is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History at Queen’s University, Belfast and she is a social and cultural historian working on themes of gender, material culture and intellectual life. She is the author of Women of Letters: Gender, Writing and the Life of the Mind in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2016) and the co-author of History Through Material Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she reflects on her recent article ‘Experience and Experiment: The Domestic Cultivation of Silkworms in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 4 (2018), pp. 509-530.

Immigrant Life in Medieval England

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.

Holidaymaking on the Isle of Man

Peter Hodson is a research student at Queen’s University Belfast, currently working on his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Memory, conflict and class: the experience and legacy of deindustrialisation in Belfast and North East England since 1970’.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the family memories and archival finds that led him to begin the undergraduate work that ended up as his new article ‘The ‘Isle of Vice’? Youth, class and the post-war holiday on the Isle of Man’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), pp. 433-451.

Emotions, Gender and Selfhood

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.

Reputation and Medieval Credit

Dr Hannah Robb is an Economic History Society Research Fellow at the University of Durham, having recently completed her PhD at the University of Manchester on the role of credit as both an economic and social means of exchange in late fifteenth-century England.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the research behind her recent article ‘Reputation in the fifteenth century credit market; some tales from the ecclesiastical courts of York’, Cultural & Social History, vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), pp. 297-313.