Stationers' Company social networks c.1600-50
I'm working on a social history of the print trade and the Company of Stationers c.1600-50. My study combines qualitative reading of wills to consider things like identity and material culture along with Social Network Analysis to look at social structure. I'm especially interested foreground the roles of individual actors and systems operating beneath the official face of the trade such as the work of women, credit, the role of kinship, and concepts such as social capital and identity. For the academic year 2022-3 I was supported by a bursary from the Economic History Society.
‘Female agency in the English print trade, c.1624-1641’ in Women in Print (Peter Lang Publishing: 2022)
‘The Howes family of Puritan booksellers in seventeenth century England’ in Bunyan Studies. No. 25 (2021)
'The 1921 Census: A potted history’ for British Association for Local History, December 2021. https://www.balh.org.uk/blog-the-1921-census-a-potted-history-2021-12-11
‘The UK’s current ‘Chumocracy’ would have been all too familiar to our early modern forebears’ for History & Policy, April 2021. https://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/the-uks-current-chumocracy-would-have-been-all-too-familiar-to-our-early-modern-forebears
‘The ‘lowest sort’ in the print trade of early modern England’ for The Many-Headed Monster, March 2021. https://manyheadedmonster.com/2021/03/02/the-lowest-sort-in-the-print-trade-of-17th-century-england/
I work as a professional researcher on family, house and local history projects for clients and am an Associate of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives). I also host the 'Really Useful Podcast' for the Family History Federation. I am a Trustee of the British Association for Local History (BALH) and am involved in the educational and outreach work of the charity including organising and hosting talks, speaking and writing about local history. I teach history courses with the learning provider Pharos Tutors and at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at York.