On the side, I'd been running a family history research service and was exposed to the very real impact of nineteenth and twentieth century precarious employment on the British ancestors of my clients. My academic brain was telling me it wanted to know more. After a Master's in English Local History at Oxford specialising in the Victorian and Edwardian working classes, I decided to stay on to do a PhD. It seemed a natural move to combine my interest in this period with precarious work and migration experiences.
And so my DPhil research was born.
I continue to run my genealogy business, Ancestories, and carry out freelance research on ethical trade compliance in the garment industry, both of which help to shape my work on the history of women migrant workers.
Photo credits: Robert Scoble and Bill Brandt