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: http://www.ibew.co.uk. 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 https://gavinholman.academia.edu), and am currently working on an overseas version, which to date includes some 1,800 US bands. 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.
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.
Imogen has recently completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her thesis,‘Profitable and Unprofitable Acres: Patterns of European expansion across Van Diemen’s Land, 1803-35’ uses HGIS to look at the settlement patterns of of colonial Van Diemen’s Land (today Tasmania), analysing the priorities of the settlers, the relationship between Aboriginal and European land use, and the work of the surveyors who charted the land. Previously she completed her MA in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her dissertation examined the medieval phenomenon of common-edge drift – the movement of settlements away from their churches, which left churches standing isolated within fields. She completed a combined bachelor’s degree at the University of Tasmania, BA LLB, majoring in history and German.
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