Category Archives: Reflections

Padding Galore

Hilary Davidson has argued that there has been an ‘embodied turn’ in history scholarship over the last few years, as historians have increasingly incorporated ‘embodied, experiential, implicit or tacit knowledges gained through making and doing into their study of history’.[1]

Padding Galore

Hilary Davidson has argued that there has been an ‘embodied turn’ in history scholarship over the last few years, as historians have increasingly incorporated ‘embodied, experiential, implicit or tacit knowledges gained through making and doing into their study of history’.[1]

‘Dressd in habits to the Extreme of wonder’: Archival Silences and Frustrating Sources

A few days ago I tweeted something that I had come across in the course of my research. When he was in Constantinople in the mid seventeenth century, the merchant Robert Bargrave noted in his travel diary that a couple

‘Dressd in habits to the Extreme of wonder’: Archival Silences and Frustrating Sources

A few days ago I tweeted something that I had come across in the course of my research. When he was in Constantinople in the mid seventeenth century, the merchant Robert Bargrave noted in his travel diary that a couple

‘Variety of fashions and forraign stuffes’

‘If I should begin to set downe the variety of fashions and forraign stuffes brought into England in these times, I might seeme to number the starres of heaven and sands of the sea’[1] As is fairly standard for a

‘Variety of fashions and forraign stuffes’

‘If I should begin to set downe the variety of fashions and forraign stuffes brought into England in these times, I might seeme to number the starres of heaven and sands of the sea’[1] As is fairly standard for a

Ownership and Imprints: Famous Hands and Famous Gloves

One of the first items which the visitor encountered at the recent exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution at the National Maritime Museum was a pair of gloves. A key reason for my visiting this exhibition had been the

Ownership and Imprints: Famous Hands and Famous Gloves

One of the first items which the visitor encountered at the recent exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution at the National Maritime Museum was a pair of gloves. A key reason for my visiting this exhibition had been the

Reflections on Receiving a Boden Parcel: Materiality and Online Shopping

So a new year begins, as does a resolution to try and blog a little more regularly, rather than simply relying on the collusion of my inspiration and procrastination levels every so often. Today’s post is, I confess, an attempt

Reflections on Receiving a Boden Parcel: Materiality and Online Shopping

So a new year begins, as does a resolution to try and blog a little more regularly, rather than simply relying on the collusion of my inspiration and procrastination levels every so often. Today’s post is, I confess, an attempt

Animated Fashions: When Ruffs Start to Talk

In a recent interesting and thought-provoking blog post, Will Pooley spoke of the need for historians to consider how to make themselves present in their work, and by extension, to think about the character that they choose to write with.

Animated Fashions: When Ruffs Start to Talk

In a recent interesting and thought-provoking blog post, Will Pooley spoke of the need for historians to consider how to make themselves present in their work, and by extension, to think about the character that they choose to write with.

On the Efficacy of Staring at Stuff

One of the key advantages of undertaking my PhD through the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme, working in conjunction with Queen Mary and the V&A, is the access which I have been given to the V&A’s collection of objects. As

On the Efficacy of Staring at Stuff

One of the key advantages of undertaking my PhD through the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme, working in conjunction with Queen Mary and the V&A, is the access which I have been given to the V&A’s collection of objects. As

Some Thoughts on Teaching Shy Students

Recently, I contributed to a piece published in Times Higher Education on shyness in academia. I wrote a short comment discussing my own experiences of being a shy student at both undergraduate and postgraduate level which was published alongside the

Some Thoughts on Teaching Shy Students

Recently, I contributed to a piece published in Times Higher Education on shyness in academia. I wrote a short comment discussing my own experiences of being a shy student at both undergraduate and postgraduate level which was published alongside the