Since embarking on a History Undergraduate Course at Queen’s University, Belfast, I have developed a keen interest in gender history, in addition to crime and punishment. My undergraduate work therefore focused quite heavily on these research areas. My final year dissertation focused on spousal murder in nineteenth-century Ireland, consider the motives and methods for murder. After completing my undergraduate course, I chose to undertake a Masters in Irish History, where I discovered an interest in using age as a category of historical analysis. Wishing to pursue this interest, I applied for a PhD and was fortunate enough to be rewarded a scholarship from the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. I am currently working on my PhD thesis which focuses on the institutional care of elderly women in nineteenth-century Ireland. I will consider the treatment and daily lives of elderly women in workhouses, charitable institutions, hospitals, prisons and lunatic asylums in a bid to consider how society responded to old age in the nineteenth century. As part of my PhD, I have participated in the Wordsworth Trust: Working with the Archives Symposium, presented a paper at the annual International Women’s Day conference, held at Queen’s University and will be producing a paper for the European Social Science History Conference in April 2018.
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