Dr Lizzie Rogers is an historian of the eighteenth century, specialising in gender, collecting, knowledge and the country house.
Lizzie completed her PhD at the University of Hull in 2020, where she was funded by the AHRC Heritage Consortium. Her PhD research focussed on the collecting practices, curiosity and learning of elite women within the eighteenth-century country house in England, and how this can be read as a significant part of wider intellectual currents and cultures. She is interested in objects, conversations and relationships, and how the social and material aspects of the Enlightenment could enable women to shape their own spaces of knowledge creation, curation and exchange.
Alongside her research, Lizzie has volunteered with the National Trust, Girlguiding UK and the University of Hull Art Collection, where she conducted tours, ran the social media and had the chance to speak to media outlets. She also spent a summer as a Curatorial Intern at Stratford Hall in Virginia, researching and creating an online exhibition of the Margaret Law Collection. She is currently volunteering at Davenport House Museum in Savannah.
Lizzie regularly writes and speaks on her research. Recent work has included a book chapter upon the friendship and collecting of knowledge of the Countesses of Pomfret (1698-1761) and Hertford (1699-1754); articles on museums connected to women’s history, such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jane Austen House Museum; and life for a Regency debutante. Her most recent talk was entitled ‘Pride, Prejudice and First Impressions: Jane Austen’s World of Country Houses, Sisterhood and Social Comment’, a public lecture and Q&A. She has also worked with primary school children on learning about women’s history. Find a list of Lizzie’s talks, writing and media here.
Currently based in Savannah, Georgia, Lizzie also loves writing about art, museums (particularly house museums), books, period drama and Jane Austen, or anything to do with the long eighteenth century or women’s history. She is normally doing this with a pot of tea and a slice of cake by her side.