I am a social and cultural historian of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic world, who considers themes of gender, material culture, enquiry and domestic space. I also work with collections (museums, heritage and archives) to develop novel connections, methods and practices.
My new programme of research looks at understandings of air in the eighteenth century, including as disease-carrying miasma, as urban smog, as wind or weather and as the object of scientific study. The focus is on the experiences and understanding of working people, rather than scholars or writers. I have a long record of working collaboratively with scholars from other disciplines on projects concerned variously with ageing, cultures of care and practices of material attention. I am interested in experimental methodologies based on interdisciplinary engagement and my initiative (with Kate Smith) the 100 Hours Project best represents this strand of her scholarship and creative practice.