I was intrigued to scroll through the hashtag #thanksfortyping last weekend. As I paused between marking essays, new tweets had been uploaded all reminding us that wives have played a part in producing their husband’s academic work. To adapt a famous quote ‘Behind every great academic, there is a women’. Male historians were no exception as… Continue reading #thanksfortyping & the invisible labours of academic work
The terms ‘divided’, ‘segregated’, and ‘separated’ have increasingly been used to describe British society in recent months after the divisive campaign over whether to remain in the EU. Journalists now speak with louder voices about a geographical divide between North and South; London and the rest of the Britain; rural and urban. Prior to Brexit,… Continue reading Reuniting the nation: can the Victorians show us how to settle a segregated society?
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Friday 15th July 2016 10.00-4.30 Geffrye Museum, London This one day symposium will explore the ways in which households were made, conceived and experienced as religious spaces in modern Britain. Religious faith was not tied only to formal sacred spaces in this period. The home also acted as an important…
When I was 15 I got my first proper job in the local fish and chip shop. With my Record of Achievement and newly minted National Insurance card I was interviewed and given a job that paid better than my daily newspaper round. Donning blue and white shirt and paper hat, I scooped chips and… Continue reading Smelling the Victorian chippy
For me, one of the hardest things about doing archival research is knowing that the collections I am consulting are mere fragments of what they would once have been. Often the absences are as striking as what remains: where are the letters of the other correspondent? Where are the photographs mentioned in that autobiography or… Continue reading Hints and fragments of an archive
I recently gave a paper at the IHR Studies for the Centre of Home entitled ‘Settling at home: Class, gender and domesticity in the Settlement House, 1880-1914’. You can listen to this paper here: http://www.history.ac.uk/podcasts/studies-home/settling-home-class-gender-and-domesticity-settlement-house-1880-1914 Here is my accompanying Powerpoint: Settling at Home
This is a version of a paper I gave at the Warwick conference on World Victorians: full title ‘Translocal Settling: In search of the ‘local’ in the University Settlement Movement’. I am at the early stages of developing these ideas so I would love to have some comments & replies beyond the conference. At a… Continue reading Translocal Settling in Cardiff