About

imageThis is my personal academic blog where I intend to provide research and teaching postcards. I also blog (as well as edit) for the Journal of Victorian Culture online, an up-to-date list of my posts can be found here. You can also follow me on twitter @luciejones83 and academia.edu.

I am a History lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, where I teach research based modules on nineteenth-century gender and urban history. I lead a first year skills and archive module for History and English students. I am also part of a team responsible for delivering a first year survey module on British History. As the MRes programme leader, I am responsible for two history skill modules and the dissertation module. I run the School’s MRes professionalisation module. 

Up until now much of my research has explored gender, religion and art in Toynbee Hall and Oxford House, two University Settlement Houses established in 1883 in the East End of London. A growing interest in home studies and Victorian domesticity has lead me to consider how settlement houses were also lived spaces. This has also meant that I’ve become increasingly interested in how Christianity entered the Victorian home through objects and decoration. I am currently developing a project on material religion.

I would secretly love to live in a Barbara Pym novel and would almost definitely have had a crush on the young clergyman visiting the parish! In the real world I bake and for my sins I have recently turned to nineteenth-century cookery books for inspiration. Otherwise I watch period dramas and ‘hate-watch‘ anything that involves singing and naff comedy, or I read post-war fiction, collecting second hand and well worn Penguin novels for their orange spines.

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Gender History
  • Material Culture
  • Domesticity/ Home Studies
  • University Settlement Movement
  • Religion (especially Anglicanism)
  • Representations of the Victorian in popular culture

Academic Interests

  • Teaching
  • Academic blogging
  • Open-access

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