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First Name
Last Name
University of Hull
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Women's History, Enlightenment, Eighteenth Century, History of Collecting, Country Houses, Material Culture, Cultures of Knowledge, History of Art
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About Me

I am currently an AHRC Heritage Consortium PhD student co-supervised at the University of Hull and the University of Huddersfield. My project is provisionally titled: “Curiosity and Collecting in the English Country House: A Space of Female Enlightenment 1680-1820“. This focuses on elite women and their interaction with the world around them through the practice of collecting within the country house during the eighteenth century. I am really interested in the social circulation of knowledge, opportunities for learning within the country house for women, the importance of material culture and the significance of female travel in shaping their access to Enlightenment ideas and cultures.

I received a BA in History from the University of Hull in 2015, where I then studied for an MRes in History. This was supported by a scholarship from the AHRC Heritage Consortium, during which I researched the role of women in shaping and curating the collections in the British country house from 1650-1850, focusing on the case study of Lady Sabine Winn of Nostell Priory. I began my PhD in September 2016. As part of this, I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Heritage Research.

I have also worked as a Curatorial Intern at Stratford Hall, Virginia, USA, for the summer of 2017. As part of this, I researched the Margaret Law collection, donated to Stratford in the 1970s and consisting of mainly eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American silver. My research into the collection, and what it demonstrated about domestic life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, resulted in an online exhibition.

Recent Publications

Online publications

L. Rogers, ‘Women, Dollhouses and the Possession of Space’, Gender Place and Memory Research Cluster (University of Hull), 15th December 2017.

L. Rogers, ‘Jane Austen 200 years on: Why we still love her heroes, heroines and houses’, The Conversation, 14th July 2017.

L. Rogers, ‘Uncovering Women’s Involvement in the Historical Record: A Few Notes on the Country House’, Gender Place and Memory Research Cluster (University of Hull), 2nd December 2016.

Book reviews

L. Rogers, ‘Silent partners: women as public investors during Britain’s financial revolution, 1690-1750, by Amy M. Froide’, Women’s History Review 26:6 (2017), 1027-1028.

L. Rogers, ‘Consumption and the country house, by Jon Stobart and Mark Rothery’, The Agricultural History Review 65:1 (2017), 156-157.

Media Coverage
Interviewed as a Gallery Assistant at University of Hull Art Collection by BBC for the 2017 TV series "Britain's City of Culture: Hull 2017", featured in Episode 2.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Women