Ever since a really young age, I have been obsessed with the Victorian industrial landscape. Tall smoking chimneys, workhouses, cobbled streets, poverty and crime, all captivated my imagination. My ‘in’ into history came from a desire to learn more about my family history. I wanted to know more about how my ancestors lived and died. Therefore, when it came to studying history, I decided to focus my attention on the social history of Britain, 1800-1950, paying particular attention to how people lived and died in the industrial city. My PhD thesis investigates Victorian attitudes towards death and burials – I promise I am great at dinner parties! In 2020, my research project, ‘Finding the Peterloo Eleven’, was shortlisted for a prestigious Times (THE) Award.

I am a Lecturer of Public History at the University of Birmingham. I am a passionate about teaching and in 2019 I was fortunate to be shortlisted for MMU’s Teacher of the Year.

Conferences / Symposiums (most recent)

2121 – The Census as a Public Record, Glasgow University

2020 –  ‘A Conversation on Genealogy, the media & Public History‘, Strathclyde University

2020 – ‘Public History Centres in Europe: A Comparison of Experiences’. The paper was part of a European panel put together by Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Associazione Italiana di Public History conference, Venice. (Paper accepted; however, conference was postponed due to Covid)

2020 – ‘Working-Class Burials in the Urban Municipal Cemetery’, ESSHC Conference, Leiden. (Paper accepted; however, conference was postponed due to Covid)

2019 – ‘Revisiting the Public Grave in the Municipal Cemetery’, University of Lincoln

2019 – ‘Constructing space through past: The connections of regional identity and cultural heritage in England and Germany. A comparison.’, Bayreuth University, Germany

2019 – ‘Seven Percent British: Using Ancestry DNA to engage the community in historical research’, Manchester Metropolitan University

2018 – ‘Public Grave Burials in the Municipal Cemetery’, York University