I received a BA in History from the University of Hull in 2015, where I then studied for an MRes in History. This was supported by a scholarship from the Heritage Consortium, during which I researched the role of women in shaping and curating the collections in the British country house from 1650-1850, focussing on the case study of Lady Sabine Winn of Nostell Priory. I began my PhD in September 2016. For my full CV, please see my LinkedIn profile.
“Women, Dollhouses and the Possession of Space“, Gender Place and Memory Research Cluster (University of Hull), 15th December 2017: find it here!
“Jane Austen 200 years on: Why we still love her heroes, heroines and houses“, The Conversation, 14th July 2017: find it here!
“Uncovering Women’s Involvement in the Historical Record: A Few Notes on the Country House“, Gender Place and Memory Research Cluster (University of Hull), 2nd December 2016: find it here!
PRESENTATIONS & TALKS
Conference presentations and seminars
22nd March 2018, Untold Stories of the Country House Conference, Doddington Hall. Paper entitled: “Material Girls: Objects, Educational Spaces and Legacies of Enlightened Women“
19th March 2018, Telling Her Story Conference, Wrest Park. Contributor to Gender, Place and Memory paper, entitled: “Gender and the hidden histories of English landed estates”
4th January 2018, British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS) Conference, St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Paper entitled: “Chatelaines, Collectors, Connoisseurs: Relocating Women in the Eighteenth Century Country House”
28th November 2017, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (CECS) Postgraduate Forum, University of York. Paper entitled: “Living in the (Eighteenth Century) Material World: Female Collectors, Enlightenment Education and the Country House”
3rd May 2017, British Agricultural History Society (BAHS) Workshop, University of Nottingham. Paper entitled: “Muses, Makers and Material Culture: Relocating Women in the Enlightenment Country House”
17th February 2017, Cultures of Collecting in Eighteenth Century Britain and Ireland Study Day, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Paper entitled: “Chatelaine, Shopper, Heiress: Female Collecting as Preserving Heritage in the Country House”
7th March 2018, International Women’s Day celebrations at a local primary school. Three sessions on the importance of women’s history and telling women’s stories, for Key Stage 2 children.
Curatorial Intern @ Stratford Hall, Virginia, USA [July-October 2017] I spent ten weeks working at Stratford Hall as a Curatorial Intern, researching the Margaret Law Collection. The collection comprises of over two hundred pieces, mostly silver, and was donated to Stratford Hall in the 1970s. As part of this research project, I created an online exhibition focussing on some collection highlights and revealing more about Margaret Law and her collection. Find it here: Margaret Law Collection at Stratford Hall
Gallery Assistant @ University of Hull Art Collection [September 2014-present] I am a volunteer at the University Art Collection, which has involved helping to hang and store pictures, assist with guests during events and being part of the organisation and volunteer team assisting with events as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. This included undertaking Gallery Assistant training in preparation to lead tours and assist in the “Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now” exhibition, a British Museum travelling exhibition which was on show at the Art Collection from January 3rd – February 28th 2017. I also run the Art Collection twitter account, @ArtCollectionHU.
Women’s Negotiations of Space 1500-1900, University of Hull, 18th January 2018
As part of a team of five, we organised a one day women’s history conference supported by the Women’s History Network, Historical Geography Research Group and Roberts Fund at the University of Hull. Find out more about the conference and our programme here: 2018 Conference
Untold Stories of the Country House, Doddington Hall, 22nd March 2018