Blog of Historical Archaeologist Dr Kirsten Jarrett CAIfA, exploring the 16th – early 19th century England, especially in the Midlands region (but also examining material from other locations, including Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Somerset and London).

The blog* provides a forum for work-in-progress, thoughts linking historical topics to current affairs, & information on publications (for research, see my Academia web page, & for teaching & public events, see my website, Sensational Pasts).

The blog’s name (which I’ll no doubt change to represent my changing research foci & / or settle on something that best suits my work) now reflects both my archaeological background – touch being a significant aspect of disciplinary investigations – and my interest in sensorial experiences in the past (as indicated by the named adopted for my teaching website, Sensational Pasts).

I have published & conducts historical, archaeological & material culture research on a variety of topics (specialising in identity; memory; emotional & sensory experience), including death and burial; gender, sex and marriage; magic, ritual and belief; poverty and charity; crime and punishment; consumerism; nationalism & colonialism; race & slavery. This has involved examining evidence from various time periods, though I now primarily investigate the (pre-Victorian) post-medieval period (late 1500s – early 1800s).

I also direct the ‘Living in the Past‘ Community Archaeology Project (LIPCAP: investigating housing & domestic life & in & around Derby, UK); Malefic Midlands (examining belief in the supernatural, superstitions & folk magic); & co-direct the public archaeology project ‘Past Sense‘ (PSP: investigating the violence in and around the home in post-medieval England, particularly Midlands).**


* I intend to transfer the ‘Notes of an Antiquary’ URL to another if & when I settle on a suitable blog title (& / or merge this blog & the website). The ‘Antiquary’ research & (‘third person’) teaching presentation are also now represented by ‘Antiquarian Academy‘.

** While I redevelop & reorganise teaching services I’m catching up with & conducting new project research & fieldwork in the background, which I’ll write about here when possible.

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  1. R.L. Mole

    Re: Emily Davison Suffragette who died in 1913 after throwing herself in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby.

    According to many accounts of E.D.’s life she spent around a year teaching in Birmingham at the Edgbaston Church of England College/Edgbaston Church of England Girls’ College.

    I attended the Edgbaston Church of England College for Girls 1950-59 ( Now st.George’s School on the same site)and during this time ‘did’ Emily Davison in our history lessons. At no time was it ever suggested that she had any connection with the College, neither is she mentioned in definitive history of the College by Mary Bowers (c1985 ) in fact this assertation was news to everyone.

    Please can you tell me where the story originated? I have asked numerous sites who include this information – some reply and say they found the information on other online history sites so just repeated it, others do not reply ( e.g. Spartacus). Please can you help? With thanks Rosie.



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