Crime and punishment in south Shropshire, 1786-1898

This paper was presented at the biennial conference of the journal, Midland History, at the University of Birmingham on 7 November 2015.  The paper is a by-product of research into the lived experience More »

Just what I need – more data!

I am still wading through records that i collected two years ago.  Still this was a very happy find. All the surviving parish records for the parishes in the Cleobury Mortimer Union, bar More »

Asklepios or Nemesis?

In the ancient churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Cleobury Mortimer stands a single memorial: all the others were removed in 1959.  A monument to a ‘venerable man’, as he was styled More »

Wha’ daur meddle wi’ me?

This has nothing to do with my research – though it came about whilst searching through prison calendars for evidence that women were imprisoned for having illegitimate children. As I was scanning page More »

PGR Poster Conference 2015

A whole year has gone by since the last PGR poster conference and I am not sure how much I have to show.  These conferences only work if postgraduate research students are More »

PGR Poster Conference

Yesterday was the annual University of Birmingham PGR Poster Conference. Although only in my first year and with no research conclusions yet, I thought I would enter with a poster showing some More »

Defining terms

Though coming up with a research question and writing a proposal was hard work, I was pleased with the result. Now I can get on with research, having identified thousands of pages More »

Silk in the workhouse

In Victorian workhouses, inmates were often given work related to the domestic task of running the workhouse and feeding (and perhaps clothing) the inmates.  Where there were more inmates than could be More »

Freespeaking – say what you know

Writing is not an activity that comes naturally to anyone.  Unlike speaking, we need to be taught to write – and then need tools in order to be able to carry out More »

Freewriting – use it to unblock, or to argue with yourself

Freewriting is advocated by many people, and by many universities, as a way of overcoming the dreaded writer’s block.  Some go so far as suggesting that it is a good way to More »

My first supervision

I was both looking forward to this and slightly apprehensive – experienced supervisor meets very inexperienced PhD student. There is a lot to be said for having met your supervisor before you More »

qiānlǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zúxià

A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step.[1] It is a very wise saying, but every time I read this or hear it, I think of Winnie the Pooh. More »

Research topic and questions

My research topic is: “The treatment of the poor and disadvantaged in Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding parishes: 1770-1900”. In conducting this research, I hope to be able to answer a number of More »

Remember Robert the Bruce

As a child at school in Scotland, we were taught Scottish history: up until James VI became king of both Scotland and England.  I vividly remember the life of the Bruce and More »

 

Time to start writing

I am only a few weeks into this research project and with five and three-quarter years to go, I feel as if I am already several weeks behind.  Time to start writing.

A useful way of documenting arguments

By now, most students will have used mind maps, though are able to use software rather than lug around A3 pads of pre-printed paper and packs of coloured pens. I am an

Need input. Malfunction.

Those of you familiar with Number Five in the film, Short Circuit, will know that what he said was “Malfunction.  Need input.” before proceeding to read at high speed. High speed reading

Happenstance

Whilst trying to put together a list of original sources, it became clear that although the records for Cleobury Mortimer parish itself are pretty impressive – and the records for the Poor Law Union

How best to plan and use my time?

I was going to write a short note about “a particular way of doing something using special knowledge or skill”, which has a passing connection to the Italian word for the fruit of

My first supervision

I was both looking forward to this and slightly apprehensive – experienced supervisor meets very inexperienced PhD student. There is a lot to be said for having met your supervisor before you

Back on campus!

Induction day – the sun is shining, campus is crowded and everyone is smiling, apart from, that is, those who are lost.  They look a bit puzzled. It’s a great feeling when

System is thinking

The application system worked very well and was easy to use, as long as you kept your wits about you.  However, the smooth process stopped once the offer was made unconditional. My

qiānlǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zúxià

A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step.[1] It is a very wise saying, but every time I read this or hear it, I think of Winnie the Pooh.

Who can say nice things about me?

The application process is automated and very simple.  A word to anyone using similar systems with radio buttons to choose options: moving your hand across a touchpad is very likely to change