The GPM Team

Gender, Place and Memory is a Research Cluster based at the University of Hull. It is headed by Dr Amanda Capern and Dr Briony McDonagh, with Dr Hannah Worthen, and draws in academics and researchers from History, English and Geography. There are several Postgraduate researchers working on various projects examining women’s property and material culture; women and the law; gender and emotional attachment to land, landscape and environment.


Dr Amanda Capern (co-Principal Investigator) is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Women’s History at the University of Hull. Amanda is a specialist in early-modern British and European women’s history and has published widely in this field. She is the author of The Historical Study of Women: England 1500-1700 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008/2010). She is also co-editor of Gender and History, a series of cutting edge introductory short books in the field of gender history published by Palgrave. Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in the past has served on the national steering committees of the Historical Association and the Women’s History Network and on the Council of the Economic History Society.


Dr Briony McDonagh (co-Principal Investigator) is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull. She writes critical historical geographies of the British landscape and is interested in questions of space, power, gender and identity over the long durée. She has published widely on women’s histories; on rural & estate landscapes; and on the historical geographies of enclosure, property, protest and the law. Her book Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape (Routledge, 2017) won the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize for the best book in British or Irish rural history and the Women’s History Network Prize for the best first book in women’s and gender history. She is co-editor of Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool University Press, 2017) and Remembering Protest (Palgrave, 2018). Briony is Chair of the RGS’s Historical Geography Research Group, co-editor of Historical Geography (University of Nebraska Press) and President of the British Science Association’s Geography Section. She tweets as @BrionyMcDonagh and disseminates her research via

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Dr Hannah Worthen is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Gender, Place and Memory research cluster at the University of Hull (email: hannah.worthen[at] She was awarded her PhD in 2017 from the University of Leicester on ‘The experience of war widows in the mid-seventeenth century’ which was undertaken in collaboration with The National Archives. Hannah researches the lives and experiences of widows during the English Civil Wars through their petitioning and defence of property. She is the author of ‘Supplicants and guardians: The petitions of Royalist widows during the Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1642–1660‘, Women’s History Review, 26:4 (2017), Hannah tweets as @HannahWorthen.

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Dr Josh Rhodes is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Gender, Place and Memory research cluster at the University of Hull (email: josh.rhodes[at] He was awarded his PhD in 2019 from the University of Exeter on ‘Agrarian Capitalism in England c.1700 to c.1850: A new methodological approach. Josh researches capitalist farming in 18th- and 19th- century England, considering how life-cycle processes shaped peoples’ access to and management of land. He is the author of ‘Subletting in eighteenth-century England: A new methodological approach’, Agricultural History Review, 66, 1 (2018), pp. 67-92. Josh tweets as @joshrhodes12.

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Dr Hannah Young is an Economic History Society Tawney Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and the University of Hull. Awarded her PhD from UCL in 2017, her research explores gender, family and absentee slave-ownership in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Her chapter ‘Forgotten women: gender and absentee slave-ownership’ was published in Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a “National Sin” (Liverpool University Press, 2016). She also has a keen interest in heritage and public history and has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a Project Co-Lead and Public Engagement Fellow.



Dr Ruth Slatter is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull. She is a historical and cultural geographer interested in how material and visual approaches can provide insights into ordinary individuals’ everyday experiences of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century institutional spaces. Continuing research began during her PhD (awarded from UCL in 2017), she is currently using material approaches to explore everyday congregational experiences of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Methodist communities and recently published ‘Material “becomings” and a historical geography of religious experience: Metropolitan Methodism, 1851-1932’, Area (2017). She is also interested in visitors’ experiences of nineteenth-century international exhibitions and is the co-editor of the online project Visit1862. Ruth is the RGS’s Historical Geography Research Group Communications Officer and tweets as @ruthslatter.

Awcock_photoDr.Hannah Awcock is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull. She is a a historical and urban geographer interested in urban protest and dissent. She was awarded her PhD in 2018 from Royal Holloway, University of London, on ‘Contesting the Capital: Space, Place, and Protest in London, 1780-2010.’ She also has a keen interest in protest stickers. Hannah regularly publishes on her blog, Turbulent London. She is the RGS-IBG’s Digital Geographies Research Group Events Co-ordinator, and tweets as @Faxsly.


Picture-Alvaro_Carvajal_CastroDr Álvaro Carvajal Castro is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute of History – Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain). He is a specialist in early medieval history, with a particular interest in the development of early medieval kingdoms and its impact on the peasantry. His current project, CLAIMS: Claiming land in early medieval localities, focuses on the practices through which land claims were materialised in the landscape and eventually contested, as a means to unveil the social relationships and dynamics that shaped property regimes in early medieval localities. The project pays particular attention to the role of memory and gender in the formulation and enactment of land claims. He is the author of Bajo la máscara del regnum. La monarquía asturleonesa en León (CSIC, 2017). Other publications can be accessed at his profile.

Dr Joan Heggie is a Research Fellow at Teesside University in Middlesbrough with interests in Teesside’s industrial history and women’s biography and social history. From 2008-2011, she led the British Steel Archive Project, working extensively with the busdr-joan-heggie_teessideiness records of Teesside’s iron and steel companies. After discovering unknown artist Viva Talbot (1900-1983) in the British Steel Collection, Joan curated several exhibitions of her work, including ‘Steel Making’ in the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in 2010. For the past few years she has been concentrating on increasing the visibility of women’s contribution to the growth of communities across the region. Her current research, partly funded through the Economic History Society, explores women’s involvement with property during the 18th & 19th centuries using the North Riding of Yorkshire Register of Deeds as the primary source.  The project website and public search facility, was launched in 2016.  Joan is a member of the Economic History Society and the Women’s History Network and tweets as @JoanHeggie

jessica-malayProfessor Jessica Malay, is Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Huddersfield. Her work focuses on the writing of Early Modern women, and she is especially engaged in the study of manuscripts and early print sources. Her recent work includes the first complete edition of Anne Clifford’s Great Books of Record  (Manchester University Press, 2015). She has and has also published a previously unknown woman’s autobiography which she set within an biographical account of this woman’s life, drawing heavily on manuscript sources, The Case of Mistress Mary Hampson (Stanford University Press, 2014). She has also published widely on early modern prophesy, and representations of space in the work of Early Modern Women.

sarahmDr Sarah McKeon is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hull specialising in Late Medieval and Early Modern literature. Her research interests include the history and transmission of ideas, the reception of Boethius in late medieval literature, cultural creativity, lay literacy and lay religious practice c. 1300-1600. Sarah completed her PhD at Aberystwyth University in 2014 and is currently developing her first monograph on cultural assimilation c. 1350-1500. This book examines, in particular, the transmission and evolution of philosophical ideas in lay culture. Through her involvement in COST Action IS1301: ‘New Communities of Interpretation’, Sarah has developed an interest in exploring theoretical and methodological approaches for advancing research on lay religious practice. Sarah has recently been collaborating with Professor Elisabeth Salter on a project that makes use of a corpus of late medieval catechetical materials in order to explore Lay Literacy c. 1350-1550 and has developed a particular interest in a cluster of instructive materials commonly found in a collection of texts known as the ‘Lay Folk’s Catechism’.

Professor Elisabeth Salter’s research is elizabeth-salter_mconcerned with the uses of text in medieval and early modern England (and Wales), and also with cultural studies across a broader chronological timespan. She has a particular focus on the creative performance of reading and writing, for entertainment, devotion, practical necessity, and commemoration. Elisabeth is a member of the Management Committee and coordinator (with Dr Pavlina Rychterova, University of Vienna) of a Workgroup for a collaborative COST Action. The Action has received a grant of 500,000 Euros to facilitate research into “New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Process of Religious Transformation in Medieval & Early Modern Europe”, [Action IS1301]. Elisabeth is also developing associated collaborative and team projects which explore corpora of evidence for popular religious reading and the significance of popular religious reading in society, culture and the economy. All these projects look in detail at the evidence provided by the material stuff of manuscript, early printed book, and other material texts, and they seek to take account of the specifics of manuscript, literary and geographical context.

jspicksley-webDr Judith Spicksley is Lecturer at the Wilberforce Institute for the Emancipation of Slavery at the University of Hull. Her PhD research examined the lives of never-married women in seventeenth-century England. She researches the economic and social history of the early modern period, with current interests in single women and credit, debt and slavery, and medicine and infertility. Her publications include a recent edition of the business and household accounts of the Herefordshire spinster, Joyce Jeffreys, and a number of articles on single women and debt slavery. Judith is a member of the Economic History Society, Honorary Research Fellow at WISE [Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull], and editor of the publications of the Barton upon Humber local history series.