This is a partial curriculum vitae. If you require further information than is available here, please do contact me.
2016 – current: University of Leicester: PhD History
Parochial relationships in seventeenth century Herefordshire.
2014 – 2016: University of Leicester: Master of Arts Degree in English Local History and Family History, Distinction.
Dissertation: ‘Be kindly affectioned to one another’: love and parish politics in Stanton Lacy, Shropshire
2011 – 2014: University of Leicester: BA Hons in History, First Class.
Dissertation: ‘Cursneh Hill: Religion, a country town, and the making of a legend’.
Awards and distinctions:
- 2014-2015: Harold Fox Memorial Award from Friends of the Centre for English Local History, a competitive essay prize.
- 2016: The Local Historian Medieval and Early Modern Essay Prize
- 2016: AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Studentship Award
- 2016: John Nicholls Essay Prize for English Local History
- 2016: Margaret Spufford Prize for best overall MA performance
- ‘Cursneh Hill: using antiquarian texts to explore local legends’, The Local Historian, 46:1 (January 2016), pp. 4-14.
Completed research projects:
- 2014-15: Cursneh Hill: investigation of a local legend of a battle outside Leominster, dated to the 1550s. The battle is recorded in antiquarian texts, but very little contemporary evidence remains. In addition, the battle was crucially misdated by six months. In solving these issues new light is shown on a previously undocumented part of the Wyatt Rebellion.
- 2015-16: Stanton Lacy: this project used the case of a misbehaving vicar in Stanton Lacy, Shropshire, in the post-Restoration period to explore how love could and did affect the politics of the parish.
- 7th November 2015: ‘Bloody Discontent: The Herefordshire arm of the Wyatt Rebellion’ at the Midland History 2015 Postgraduate Conference, Birmingham University.
- 17th May 2016: ‘“Every step thou makest in sin, brings thee in greater danger”: The penitential sermon of Robert Foulkes’ at the University of Leicester 2016 Postgraduate Conference.
- 26th May 2016: ‘“Paid at Heriford faier for a loine of mutton”: Place in the Household Accounts of Joyce Jefferys’ at the Nottingham Trent University 2016 Postgraduate Conference.
- 28th April 2017: ‘“A very slave to my lust”: Deviance, love and the clergy in seventeenth-century Stanton Lacy’ at the University of Worcester 2017 Early Modern Research Group Postgraduate Conference on ‘Corruption: Deviation, Degradation, and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period’.
- 16th May 2017: ‘Legitimising notions and the Clubmen in Hereford, 1645′, at the University of Leicester 2017 Department of History, Politics and International Relations’ Postgraduate conference.
- 21st June 2017: ‘”The Colossal Proportions of a National Convulsion”: The Myth of Cursneh Hill’, at the Nottingham Trent University 2017 School of History Postgraduate Conference on ‘Truth, lies and myths in history: is ‘fake news’ old news?’.
- 24th February 2018: ‘“The said town hath for many years been called Sodom”: The position of Thomas Fox, Vicar of Bromyard’, Spotlight on the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester.
- 14 February 2018: Friends for the Centre of English Local History, Salisbury Road, University of Leicester, 2018-19 Seminar Series: ‘“Being seduced by the temptations of the devill and your own filthy lusts”: the sexual crimes of clergymen in late seventeenth-century Herefordshire’.
- 17th October 2015: ‘The battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth’, general public talk.
- 30th November 2015: ‘The battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth’, general public talk.
- 13th September 2016: ‘Richard’s Castle vs Ludlow Town: The early history of two planted settlements’, general public talk.
- 12th November 2016: Woolhope Club, Hereford, Herefordshire: ‘Bloody Discontent: The Herefordshire arm of the Wyatt Rebellion, 1554’, county history society talk.
- 19th April 2017: Leominster Historical Society, Herefordshire: ‘The battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth’, local history society talk.
- 29th April 2017: ‘Love, politics and a naughty vicar: Stanton Lacy in the seventeenth century’, general public talk.