‘On the Road’ – Casual Ward Diaries 1928-35

‘On the Road’ – Casual Ward Diaries 1928-35

Peter Higginbotham is the author of the richly comprehensive workhouses.org.uk/. Peter became interested in workhouses while researching his own family history, since then he has visited ‘hundreds of former workhouse sites across the British Isles, from Truro to...
What’s to be Done with Betsey Rist?

What’s to be Done with Betsey Rist?

Claire Richardson is in the second year of an MRes at the IHR. Her dissertation centres on prostitute networks in Stamford and Peterborough in the nineteenth century. The recent IHR Vagrancy Conference was a useful experience for me: my research on nineteenth century...
Local vagrancy policy in central Wales c.1900-1930

Local vagrancy policy in central Wales c.1900-1930

Nicola Blacklaws is a PhD student in the Centre for English Local History, within the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. She is funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and her thesis focuses on...
“Swarms” of people: then and now

“Swarms” of people: then and now

Rose Hadshar is an independent researcher, academic translator and PhD applicant. Her Masters thesis investigated queer sexuality in the case of fishwives in seventeenth century London, and her PhD proposal centres on the lives of farmed animals in post-Reformation...
Medieval homelessness and moral judgment

Medieval homelessness and moral judgment

Charlotte Berry is completing her PhD at the IHR. Her thesis focuses on the neighbourhoods which formed the geographical ‘margins’ of London c.1370-1530, those neighbouring and just outside the city walls. As Christmas approaches and the nights get colder, this time...