Women and Land is a blog set up by Dr Briony McDonagh (Geography, University of Hull), Dr Amanda Capern and Charlotte Garside (both History, University of Hull). It originally offered updates on a conference of the same name (held at Hull in June 2015). It now provides info about the Gender, Place and Memory, 1400-1900 research cluster at the University of Hull, as well as news on the various members’ individual and collective research projects and activities. You can also follow the team on Twitter @Women_and_Land.

Individual bios:

Dr Briony McDonagh (Geography, Hull) is a historical and cultural geographer whose research interests lie in three main areas: 1. women’s history, including their engagement with property, agriculture and landscape; 2. rural and estate landscapes; 3. the geographies of property, protest, enclosure and the law. Her current AHRC and Leverhulme Trust funded research project investigates elite women’s contribution to landscape change in the long eighteenth century, a topic on which she is also writing a book (contracted to Ashgate). She is currently AHRC EC fellow and is a former Leverhulme Trust EC Fellow. For more information, see her department webpage and academia.edu profile. She also tweets @BrionyMcDonagh.

Dr Amanda Capern (History, Hull) is a cultural and intellectual historian whose research interests are: 1. women’s property, especially landed estate and litigation; 2. women’s religious and intellectual lives and writing; 3. the history of law and emotions. She is author of The Historical Study of Women: England, 1500-1700 (Palgrave, 2010) and edits the book series Gender and History (Palgrave). She currently holds an AHRC CDP with The National Archives on the court of Chancery, and is writing a book on women, land and family and a number of chapters/articles on the emotional lives of families and litigation. For more information, see her department webpage.

Charlotte Garside is a PhD student working on an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership project with the University of Hull and The National Archives. Having studied early modern women’s history at undergraduate and MA level, she has now branched out into early modern women’s legal history. Her PhD is titled ‘Women in Chancery: An Analysis of Chancery as a Women’s Court of Redress in Late Seventeenth Century England’.

Sarah Shields is a PhD student in the Geography department at the University of Hull. She has recently completed an MA in Modern History at the University of York with a dissertation on elite single women and domestic space in the eighteenth century. Her PhD project is titled ‘Maid, wife, widow: women’s life cycle and property ownership, 1550-1800’.

Catherine Goddard is a PhD student within the AHRC Heritage Consortium. She is supervised by Prof. Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Briony McDonagh (University of Hull). Her project investigates heritage interpretation and visitor experience at historic houses in the East Midlands. She is particularly interested in the homes of Elizabeth Talbot, countess of Shrewsbury (better known to history as Bess of Hardwick).

Lizzie Rogers is an MRes student in the History department at the University of Hull, funded by the AHRC Heritage Consortium. Her project is titled ‘Women and the Possession of Knowledge: The Country House Collectors, 1650-1850’, and examines the role of the early modern women as collectors as well as the ways their collections transformed domestic space.


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