MemberGavin Holman

Researching vintage brass bands from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. Their formation, histories, pictures, contesting, memorabilia, recordings, publications etc. All material is made available for all to access via the IBEW archive: I am collating primary and secondary material about the history of bands across the world. I recently completed the historical directory “Brass Bands of the British Isles”, with nearly 20,000 bands since 1800 (available, together with my other publications, from, and am currently working on brass and cornet bands of the USA. Various other works on brass band history and culture have been published, including the Brass Band Bibliography – a comprensive listing of published materials about the worlds of brass and military bands. Previously Head of IT Operations at the British Library, with expertise in computer management, digital libraries, archiving, project management and review.

MemberStephen Etheridge

I was awarded my PhD from the University of Huddersfield in 2014. My research explored contested  themes in social history and musicology. Even though brass bands were a national movement I analysed the  bands of the Southern Pennines to explain why  brass bands became such a powerful metonym of northern working-class culture. I found that this cliché emerged from ca. 1840-1914 through a number of elements that were  largely external to the brass band movement. I have published on brass bands and aspects of class, gender and region. My ongoing research continues into the social networks that emerged from musical groups in the long nineteenth century and beyond. My current research projects include women and gender in military bands; jazz and working-class identity in a 1930’s Staffordshire town, and the role of discotheques in provincial life throughout the 1970s and 1980s. I have led adult-education courses at the University of Huddersfield and the University of York, and I have contributed research to the AHRC-funded  Making Music in Manchester during World War One  project, based at the Royal Northern College of Music. I also write for the northern ezine Northern Soul as a music correspondent. I am seeking post-doctoral opportunities.  

MemberMoritz Wedell

I am a historian of premodern german literature and culture. My current focus is on medieval concepts of aesthetics of production. Methodologically, my work draws largely on historical semantics and recent historical narratology. More generally, I am interested in the history of literary forms and forms of production, in the light of contemporary intellectual history on the one hand, and in relation to rhetorical, religious and social practices on the other. My research areas include: · Current Book Project: The Poetics of Genesis-Reception and the Problem of Literary Creativity in the Middle Ages
· Anthropological Perspectives: Space, Image, Gift
· Telling and Counting (Zählen und sagen): The Interference of Numerical and Narrative Knowledge in the Middle Ages

MemberImogen Wegman

Dr Imogen Wegman (BA LLB, MA, PhD) is a multi-disciplinary researcher, using digital methodologies to uncover the stories of our past. She is currently an associate lecturer in Humanities at the University of Tasmania, concentrated within the university’s Family History units. She uses GIS (mapping) to combine and examine datasets that would not normally be seen next to each other – government records, artworks, soil types, historic maps, diaries, topography, and more. To date, her research has been concentrated primarily on the British colony of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania, Australia), and she is now starting to look further to cross-colonial comparisons. Imogen completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania (Australia), using HGIS to uncover patterns of settlement expansion across Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the earliest years of its occupation by the British. Previously she completed her MA in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia (UK), focussing on medieval common-edge drift – the phenomenon of villages moving away from their parish church building. Imogen is passionate about making complicated histories accessible, and has written for The Conversation, professional blogs, and For many years, she has been employed as a local tour guide, and honed her communication skills through this experience. She is a regular invitee for media interviews, historical societies, and academic seminars. In 2016, she co-founded Hobart’s A Pint of History events, an informal ‘history in the pub’ event.