Category Archives: PhD

Distance and Strangeness: the murder of Anne Spencer

I sometimes feel like I’ve spent the last three years trying to figure out my place within history. I still feel like there’s probably a huge mountain of scholarship that I’ve completely missed, but in general I’m starting to work out … Continue reading

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Telling family stories

As part of my research I will inevitably have to tell you some family histories. I say have to – it’s a vital, fascinating and relevant part of my research. But have you ever had someone try to tell you their … Continue reading

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Black Country Irish: Wolverhampton, 1851

I’m starting my series on the Irish in the 19th century Black Country by looking at Wolverhampton. This is familiar ground for me, or at least should be – so I’m broadening my normal hyper-local view of Carribee Island out to look … Continue reading

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Maps and legends

  This week’s big adventure was a trip to the fabled meadows of Cambridge or, at least, the brutalist Robinson College (see Otto Saumarez-Smith’s paper on it here) and an ugly Travelodge overlooking some flats. The Urban History Group conference was … Continue reading

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Beauty is in the streets

  The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach. I never realised that, like party politics, academia has a conference season. At least, March appears to be … Continue reading

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I haven’t done a normal post today, but it did occur to me that a quick outline of my research might be of interest to some. I tend to only blog about things that are peripheral to my actual PhD – … Continue reading

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Dead ends and back alleys

Just a short one today as I’m in the midst of a massive trawl through several decades’ worth of census enumerators returns. I’m writing this from my local library, from where I can work on their computers (for free) (albeit … Continue reading

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Camping, privies, and mapping the everyday

At the age of 33, I recently had my first proper experience of camping (my subconscious has all but blocked the ramshackle Cub camps of my youth, although a few excursions in a refurbished caravan a couple of years ago helped). … Continue reading

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Space to think

GIS is increasingly being seen as much as a place to think as a simple data management and mapping tool Gillings & Goodrick (1996) “Sensuous and reflexive GIS: exploring visualisation and VRML”  I’m very grateful to have been allowed to sit in on … Continue reading

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Montaillou, in the French Midi-Pyrénées. The town is best known for being the focus of Emmanuel Le Roy’s study of heresy in medieval France. I enjoyed reading Brodie Waddell’s post on microhistory yesterday (if you don’t follow the many-headed monster … Continue reading

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