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BA, MA, PhD
Hannah is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department and member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. Her research interests lie in the social, political and material history of Britain in the long eighteenth century (c.1688-1830).
Hannah's current research explores eighteenth-century society from the perspective of collective identities, from the corporate and group identity of the metropolitan beau monde (London’s high-profile, fashionable elite) to the institutional identities manufactured and manifested in court and parliament. This work also involves a close analysis of personal and institutional possessions. From diamond necklaces to pewter chamber pots, the things that people owned and used had enormous significance in the eighteenth-century world, not only for their practical and aesthetic qualities, but also as advertisements of interpersonal relationships, kinship networks, political affiliations and international connections.
Hannah also advises film, theatre and television dramas, and collaborates closely with producers, directors, script writers and other crew to interpret primary research materials for production development. Her credits include The Duchess feature film, The School for Scandal (Bath Theatre Royal) and the BBC productions, Death Comes to Pemberley, Jamaica Inn and Poldark (Series 1 & 2).
The Fashionables: London’s Beau Monde in the Eighteenth Century
The development of the phrase ‘beau monde’, and the elite community associated with it, highlights a new interpretation of status in the eighteenth century and a newly corporate elite identity. The social, political and cultural implications of this development are the subject of Hannah's recent book.
Possessions of the Crown: A Material History of the Eighteenth-Century British Royal Courts, 1688-1830
This project explores the influence and structure of the royal courts through its systems of production and consumption. Approaching the court as an institution which employed and influenced a wide range of people from bedchamber peers to rat catchers, it is the first to reassess the court’s form and functions through its material culture. Hannah's research in this area focuses on the court’s responsibility for the fabric of parliament, the material perquisites granted to courtiers of all social ranks, and the court’s relationships to suppliers, manufacturers and international trade.
This project integrates a social history of consumption, the study of the material culture and the history of high political institutions to develop new insights into British constitutional and political history.
Hannah is an experienced consultant for film, television and theatre productions. Her recent credits include:
Hannah contributes regularly to radio and television broadcasts. Recent credits include: