My ‘People’s Lives’ module in our NEW Taught MA in History!

We’re really excited to be launching an new Taught MA in History at the University of Hertfordshire in September, and I’m particularly excited about the module that I’ll be teaching, People’s Lives from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day! This ‘history from the streets’ module captures what the MA is all about — connectingContinue reading “My ‘People’s Lives’ module in our NEW Taught MA in History!”

Advice for when you are the ‘token woman’

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at the Women on Ireland Network annual conference. This year’s theme was Women and Irishness, and it was easily the most useful conference I’ve been to in years. In addition to hearing some great papers, I met some really wonderful and inspiring women. The event drew to aContinue reading “Advice for when you are the ‘token woman’”

New Book: Perceptions of Pregnancy

Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This collection of chapters, which I co-edited with my University of Hertfordshire colleague Jennifer Evans, is written by members of the Perceptions of Pregnancy Researchers’ Network. Jen and I co-founded this network in summer 2014 following our hugely successfulContinue reading “New Book: Perceptions of Pregnancy”

Leinster House: Seat of Power documentary

A new documentary exploring the history of Leinster House as the site of the Irish parliament aired tonight on Oireachtas TV. Presented by John Bowman, it looks at how the building was adapted and used to house the government of independent Ireland. I contributed to the documentary and offered commentary on the Cumann na nGaedheal governmentsContinue reading “Leinster House: Seat of Power documentary”

Voices of the Home Front at The National Archives

For the past three days I’ve been at The National Archives at Kew with my colleagues from the Everyday Lives in War centre. In conjunction with the Archives, we organised Voices of the Home Fronts, a three day conference exploring aspects of the home fronts during and after the First World War.

The anxiety of writing

Depression and anxiety have been two companions of my adult life, and I’ve coped with them with varying degrees of ‘success’. I use the word ‘success’ carefully, though. Success stories in the media have, at times, made me question why I haven’t beaten them like other people seem to have, but I’ve come to acceptContinue reading “The anxiety of writing”

“Change The Law -Give Him An Equal Chance” 1980 Young Fine Gael campaign to give rights to ‘illegitimate’ children

Originally posted on Irish Election Literature:
From April 1980 “Change The Law -Give Him An Equal Chance” a Young Fine Gael campaign to give rights to ‘illegitimate’ children. Many thanks to the sender.