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’
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
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)
Happy International Women's Day everyone! As more and more people begin to celebrate IWD in small, different ways, it is starting to become one of my favourite days of the year. My social media is filled with declarations of love for womankind. For an entire day, I get to scroll through artwork, poetry, articles and … Continue reading Justice for Katherine Howard (International Women’s Day 2020)
I am a proud, and self-proclaimed Tudor nerd. I am completely obsessed with their dynasty and the period in which they ruled; I have watched almost every Tudor-related film and read copious amounts of Tudor fiction. On top of this, I am a gigantic musical theatre fan. My friend once refused to let me pick … Continue reading My undying love for: SIX THE MUSICAL
Today is International Women's Day and I am simultaneously full of love and full of this immense anger. I have so much adoration and respect for all the women I know and admire, and yet I am constantly furious at all the ways women continue to be mistreated and discriminated against. This is not just a … Continue reading Celebrating Angry Women (Happy International Women’s Day)
From the age of about seven, I knew with absolute certainty that I loved history. I was never overly excited or passionate in the classroom itself, but I was completely enthralled with learning about people in the past, their lives and deaths. My first (and lifelong) fascination was with Elizabeth I. To this day, I … Continue reading My favourite version of Elizabeth I.
"evill disposed men, doe like Vipers deface the wombes wherein they were bred" Waiting to be served in Shakespeare's The Globe giftshop, I noticed a postcard that caught my attention. The quote above was written in a bold red font, advertising the Globe's newest play: Emilia. Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, based on the life of … Continue reading Falling in love with Emilia Bassano.