3 Historical Dramas I want to see get made

In recent years, we have been spoiled by some truly terrific female-driven historical dramas on our TV screen. As someone who is obsessed with TV and with gender history, I have devoured many of these series, and have written extensively about them in these blogposts. There is a definite turn in the way that historical … Continue reading 3 Historical Dramas I want to see get made

Public/Gender History and the rise of the new ‘Historical Woman’

Over the last 18 months, I have been investigating a (relatively new) sub-genre of Public History that I have named Public/Gender History. Public/Gender History represents avenues of Public History (museum exhibits, statues, documentaries, books, films, TV shows, podcasts etc.) that are determined to tell new and improved stories about the history of gender, and more … Continue reading Public/Gender History and the rise of the new ‘Historical Woman’

IWD 2021: Looking inwards and onwards

Happy International Women's day everyone!!! Every year I try to write a blogpost to commemorate my favourite day, and 2021 is no different. There are big changes coming for me at the end of this month, some set in stone, and some still undecided, but they have got me thinking about what I want my … Continue reading IWD 2021: Looking inwards and onwards

My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

I am unsurprisingly a massive fan of Historical dramas, whether it is based on fictional characters and events (such as the highly anticipated new Netflix show being released on Christmas Day - Bridgeton) or on real life people from history (think the Tudors or Reign). I am also (unsurprisingly again) a massive feminist, and I … Continue reading My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

Sometimes when I'm browsing in Waterstones, Foyles, or other similar shops, I come across books entitled 'Famous Feminists of History', or 'A Complete Guide to Feminism's History' or even '10 Women in History'. I am unfortunately always disappointed to learn that these books only ever go back as far as the 19th and 20th centuries. … Continue reading The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected

I am without a shadow of a doubt, a Cat person. They are by far my favourite animal, and though I love dogs, I feel cats are especially underrated in the pets department. Over the years I've encountered many people with an avid dislike for Cats, they're too aggressive, too aloof, too high maintenance, the … Continue reading The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected

My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review

As you can imagine, I have read my fair share of Tudor fiction over the years. For me the perfect Tudor fiction has enough intrigue, excitement and storytelling to engage the reader; but at the same time is factual, informative and historically correct (for the most part) to educate the reader. The author who I … Continue reading My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review

Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month

Last term I took a module entitled 'Gross Indecency to Gay Marriage? Gender and Sexual Minorities 1885 to the Present'. The module focused on the experience and persecution of the LGBTQ community and it was eye-opening, frustrating and really really¬†interesting. When I told my mum about it, I remember she asked me 'But how is … Continue reading Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month