I’m currently in the third year of my PhD, and am based in both the History and Geography departments @UniofReading. My project is collections-based, and so I’m often found in the reading rooms at the Museums of English Rural Life (@TheMERL). I’m researching the history of preservationism and amenity in England, in the early twentieth century, and focusing particularly on the archives of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England…they’ve been through a few name changes...and are now the Campaign to Protect Rural England (@CPRE). I’m particularly interested in the conceptualisation of ‘amenity’ and the CPRE practices intertwined with this concept. Within my research, I have also been exploring the place of participatory research approaches and their relationship with archival research; this has been particularly interesting as this year marks the CPRE’s 90th anniversary
During my week as curator, I’m really keen to discuss topics such as: interdisciplinarity, archival research, curating exhibitions, participatory research & public history, preservationism & heritage, landscape, amenity & the rural, and notions of care. It’ll be great to hear about all your experiences of #phdlife or #acwri, and as I’m in my third year, I thought it might be interesting to talk about making the jump from a PhD, and where to go next.
I’m looking forward to curating the account and to sharing and RT-ing info about any humanities based CfPs, events, or resources that you may have! Alongside all the #phdchat, I’ll include some tweets about rural life, and most likely some photos of my flock of chickens! See you all then!