I am a Lecturer in British & European History post-1850 at the University of Southampton. I studied History at the University of Oxford, where I stayed on to complete a D.Phil. under the supervision of Dr. Jane Garnett. As a modern British historian, my research focuses on social activism, volunteerism and selfhood. I have a long-standing interest in women’s history and sit on the UK Women’s History Network steering committee. My first monograph, Female Philanthropy in the Interwar World: Between Self and Other has been published by Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2018. My current research explores social activism, social enquiry and everyday life in the late twentieth century, focusing on the wide-ranging impact of the television programme That’s Life! (BBC1, 1973-1994) and the charity ChildLine (which the programme helped to launch) in a number of spheres, including children’s lives; consumers’ experiences; and social policy.



Female Philanthropy in the Interwar World: Between Self and Other (Bloomsbury Academic Press, forthcoming 8 February 2018)


Peer-reviewed journal articles

TCBH Duncan Tanner Essay Prize Winner 2010: ‘The Week’s Good Cause: mass culture and cultures of philanthropy at the interwar BBC’, Twentieth Century British History, 22, 3 (2011), pp. 305-29, https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwr014

‘Preaching religion, family and memory in nineteenth-century England’, Gender and History, 22, 1 (2010), pp. 38-54, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2009.01577.x


Chapters in edited volumes

Unmarried: illegitimacy and the unmarried mother in post-First World War British film’, in Sian Nicholas and Tom O’Malley (eds), Social Fears, Moral Panics, and the Media: Historical Perspectives (Routledge, 2013), pp. 129-46

‘Fitting in by being yourself: Avenues Unlimited and youth work in the East End c.1960s-2000s’, in N. Sigona, A. Gamlen, G. Liberatore, & H. Neveu Kringelbach (eds), Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, Practices and Belonging (Oxford Diasporas Programme, 2015), pp. 108-11


Book reviews

Black Market Britain, 1939-1955. By Mark Roodhouse. Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2013, 288 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-958845-9, £55 (hardback), in Twentieth Century British History, 25, 4 (2014), pp. 654-56, https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwt040

Domesticating the Airwaves: Broadcasting, Domesticity and Femininity. By Maggie Andrews. London, Continuum, 2012, in Contemporary British History, 27, 2 (2013), pp. 238-40, https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2013.791482

Extended review: Women in European Culture and Society: Gender, Skill and Identity from 1700, by Deborah Simonton, Routledge, in Reviews in History (Review No. 1117), 2011, http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1117


Biographical entries

‘Booth, Evangeline Cory (1865-1950), World Leader of the Salvation Army ’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/62097

‘Fairfield, Zoe Barbara (1878-1936), secretary of the Student Christian Movement’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/66047

‘Slack, Agnes Elizabeth (1858-1946), temperance advocate’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2012, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/103418

‘Tree, Lady Anne Evelyn Beatrice (1927-2010), philanthropist and prison reformer’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2014, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/103305


Digital Archive

(with Jenny Crane), ‘Thirty years of ChildLine’, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, (https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/speakingarchives/childline/)


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