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Professor Eleanor Gordon

My research is on gender and class in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with the focus on how these are played out in the context of Scottish society.  However, I am not primarily an historian of Scotland as I am interested in class, gender and family in a national and international context with my geographical area of research being Scotland.  My previous research has looked at women and the labour movement 1850-1914 and the role of middle –class women in the formation of class society.  My most recent publication, Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain, used a notorious nineteenth -century murder trial to examine issues of class, gender and nationality and to chart the many public versions of the trial over the next 150 years in order to illustrate the ways in which writing history is itself a part of history.

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Dr Rosemary Elliot

My research to date has focused on gender and health in 20th century Britain, looking particularly at smoking among women. I have developed this work to look at post-war Germany, which has led me to consider the transnational spread of ideas and practices. I have also done previous work on the registration of births and deaths in Scotland, which focused on National Registration in war-time Scotland and the development of the so-called ‘fertility census’ (that is, the eugenically motivated questions on fertility which were added in 1911) in the Scottish context. In this project I will be exploring the impact of phenomena such as war, as well as changing understandings of gender, on marriage and family forms.

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Dr Annmarie Hughes

My research interests are in Scottish gender history between the wars, focusing on gender, violence and popular culture. I have published on domestic violence in Scotland in the 19th and 20th centuries, on Scottish women’s political experiences and on popular protests. My current research is on family and family breakdown in 19th and 20th century Scotland with particular reference to domestic violence, desertion and social service provision.  I am also interested in gender and popular culture and the ways in which civic, geographical and inter-generational conflicts mediate women’s access to inter-war commercial leisure activities.

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Dr Jeff Meek

I am an historian and social scientist whose research interests have focused on the construction of sexuality, particularly homo- and bi-sexuality and the intersections of faith, social class and masculinity. My previous research examined the construction of the homosexual in Scottish society from the late nineteenth century through to the 1980s, homosexual law reform, sexual ‘spaces’ and queer subcultures. I am also interested in the changing demographics of Scotland over the 19th and 20th centuries and in the changing conceptions of the family, and household structures. My current research interests and activities relate to the concept of the family as a productive unit within Victorian and Edwardian society, and as an emotional and supportive unit, and how this was governed by socio-economic factors.

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Dr Andrea Thomson

My research interests encompass gender history, oral history, gender relations and domestic abuse in nineteenth and twentieth-century Scotland.  In my research to date, I draw on a range of archival materials and oral history testimony to examine late twentieth-century discourses on marriage and the everyday experience of marriage and family life. As part of my work on this project, I will conduct life-history interviews with men and women in relation to their experience of marriage in Scotland during the twentieth century. Through detailed analysis of this material, I will explore (amongst other key themes) the contemporary relationship between prominent discourses on marriage and working-class individuals’ own expectations, behaviour and emotions.

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Felicity Cawley

A postgraduate research student, my principal research interests are in childhood and youth experience in the twentieth century, particularly youth subcultures, media, and delinquency. My previous research looked at continuity and change in gender constructions in youth periodicals during inter- and post-war Britain. My current research is examining the effects of parental marital status and family form on childhood experiences in twentieth century Scotland.

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Matthew Barr

As the systems developer on this project, I’m responsible for the technical aspects of the project website and assisting with database development. My previous projects include the AHRC-funded Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland project and the EU-funded PLANETS project. My own research is concerned with the use of commercial video games for learning, the cultural and social impact of gaming, and video game cultural heritage.

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