This week I have been researching freakshows, sideshows and onstage performance in the nineteenth century. I have read a fascinating article by Nadja Durbach that investigates John Merrick's life.(1) It specifically looks at the relationship between freakshows and science/medicine. Although I initially did not consider that there was a relationship between the pair, by the… Continue reading John Merrick.
Another busy couple of weeks! I am struggling with the pace of keeping all my plates spinning and working to those deadlines! Anyway, I had to opportunity to attend the opening of Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery. It has prided itself on bringing together a diverse collection of… Continue reading Coming Out Exhibtion
I been a little lax this past month, I have been super busy finalising projects, presenting, planning publication submissions (exciting) as well as just, you know, living! I presented my first piece of work on gender passing as a PGR student to a none history audience on my APS Faculty Day at LJMU. It was… Continue reading APS Faculty Day
A friend of mine is hosted a conference at LJMU next month called Rethinking the Institution in the Long Nineteenth Century, it has several fantastic papers including fallen women and how they were institutionalised, trying to find solace in an institution, Sailor homes, mental health care and prison history. There are also excellent keynote speakers… Continue reading Shhh Family Secrets
I have not really engaged with Mass Observation before in my research but I have recently became engrossed in it! I am particularly looking at the Worktown Collection and I am mostly interested in 1937. This is because one of my gender passing individuals from the twentieth century Mr Colonel Barker appeared in a Luke… Continue reading Masses upon Masses of Mass Observation