GPM Students

PhD Students

Stormm Buxton-Hill

After spending nearly 10 years working as a family law Solicitor, I became fascinated by the stormm-buxton-hillinterplay between law and practice, and how out of step this seemed when compared with women’s actual day to day experiences. With a background in History and Sociology, I was particularly interested to discover the historical role women have played in driving key changes in how the law affected family life. My PhD, The impact of women on family dynastic ambitions and legal change in England, 1550-1800 examines women’s experiences and influence during the time of the strict marriage settlement in the early modern period. Much of the existing literature focuses on the emergence of the strict settlement as a means of estate planning and to avoid the rule against perpetuities. I aim to shed light on the role women played in shaping the strict marriage settlement to further family dynastic ambitions. This may impact on the way we viewed the interaction between women and law in the early modern period.

Catherine Goddard

catherine-goddardI’m a second year AHRC Heritage Consortium student at Leeds Beckett and University of Hull. I have a BA(hons) in English Literature and an MA in Heritage Education both from Bishop Grossesteste. My research is a comparative investigation into how a sample of historic houses in the East Midlands select and interpret women’s histories and the impact of such heritage interpretation on the visitor experience. The houses are from the Elizabethan period containing a mixture of privately and publicly owned properties as well as inhabited and non-inhabited, including: Burghley House, Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth House, Bolsover Castle and Coughton Court.

Helen Manning

I joined the School of Environmental Sciences in September 2016, after completing a BA in helen-manningHuman Geography at the University of Hull in 2015. My research project Women, Property and the Law: mapping sexual inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire 1708-1974 explores the scale of women’s property ownership, and aims to determine the impact of legal change on female landownership in the East Riding of Yorkshire (1708-1974). Through the use of archival research, and the utilisation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), the project aims to quantify and map women’s property ownership in the East Riding of Yorkshire; to expand upon existing understandings of female landownership within a local context.

Ruth Quinn

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I am an AHRC Heritage Consortium PhD student, based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Hull. I completed my BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds in 2013, and since then I have worked extensively in the museum sector, and completed an MA in Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity University.  My PhD is a Collaborative Doctoral Award between Saltaire World Heritage Site and the Heritage Consortium, supervised by Dr Briony McDonagh (University of Hull) and Dr Nicola Verdon (Sheffield Hallam).  I am interested in examining the significance of rural idylls in shaping the Salt family’s paternalistic vision for Saltaire, and the role that rural landscapes played in the social fabric of Saltaire life.

Elizabeth Rogers


My PhD thesis, ‘Curiosity and Collecting in the Country House: A Space of Female Enlightenment in Britain, 1680-1820’, focuses on elite women and their interaction with the world around them through their collections within the eighteenth century country house. I am interested in discovering how material culture could represent and stimulate female education, travel, the preservation of heritage as well as aid women in cultivating intellectual and cultural influence. My PhD is supported by the AHRC Heritage Consortium, and I am co-supervised by Dr Amanda Capern, Prof Jessica Malay and Dr Briony McDonagh. I completed an MRes and BA in History at Hull, focussing on Gender History and History of Art. Outside of researching, I am an avid Twitter user (@historylizzie) and write my own History and Art blog ( as well as being a volunteer at the University Art Collection, which includes running the Twitter account – follow us @ArtCollectionHU.

Sarah Shields

I joined the Geography department at Hull as a PhD candidate in September 2015, having Sarah.jpg

completed a BA in History and MA in Modern History at the University of York. My PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Briony McDonagh and Dr Amanda Capern, explores elite eighteenth-century women’s relationship with property across their life-course. I am paying particular attention to transitional periods in women’s lives and the subsequent impact upon their experiences of property ownership and management and their spatial mobilities. I am drawing case studies of several women primarily based in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire through extensive archival research in local, national and private archives, studying correspondence, memoirs, marriage settlements, wills, accounts and inventories to investigate these themes.

Alice Whiteoak

alice-whiteoakA student at the University of Hull since the start of my BA in 2011, I’ve adopted an interdisciplinary approach to my research, straddling social science and historical approaches to gender. My focus prior to this PhD has primarily centred on gender-based violence. My double Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies allowed me to combine historical research with feminist theory and methodology, and was the grounding for my research that considered attitudes towards rape in 17th and 18th Century England. My PhD, entitled ‘An analysis of the gendered use of the Court of Exchequer, 1620-1670’, is supervised by Amanda Capern, Elizabeth Salter and Briony McDonagh. This project considers gender, regional variance and temporality in this early modern equity court, as well as the impact of the English Civil War on women’s role in litigation.

Masters Students

Emily Birch

I am an MA History student, continuing on from my BA at Hull. My dissertation topic is French and English queenship between 1400-1700, looking at the impact of Salic law on the queenship in France and how this compares to the queenship in England. I am specifically focusing on Queen Elizabeth I as a Queen regnant and one of the French Medici Queen Consorts.