Academic conference: "Beyond the home: new histories of domestic servants"

In September 2017, Dr Sacha Hepburn and I are organising a conference focusing on the lives of servants outside their domestic work environments.

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Eventually the papers will form part of a published volume but, for now, those interested in attending are encouraged to look at the conference website:

Women in Oxford's History: podcast series

In December 2015, the TORCH Graduate Fund awarded me funding for a podcast series focusing on women's contributions to Oxford throughout history. You can find more information and links to the podcasts at Read our blog post on the project's aims on the TORCH website and keep up to date with the project via Twitter @WomenOfOxford.

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Front page of the Women in Oxford's History podcast series website:

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Olivia Robinson and Alison Moulds launching the Women in Oxford's History podcast series at the Humanities Building (former Radcliffe Infirmary) on 20 October 2016 © Olivia Robinson

The project consists of a series of 6 podcasts on women whose contributions as either ‘town or gown’ have been overlooked in the history of Oxford. It is hoped that by demonstrating women’s impact on Oxford, it will help balance out the current discrepancy between male and female historical figures and encourage others to look into their own community’s past and record how women contributed to their own city. The podcasts are aimed at those who live in Oxford, those with an interest in the city and its history, and all those interested in women’s involvement in urban life.

I run the Women in Oxford's History podcast project with Alison Moulds and the finished podcast episodes were released in October 2016, available via the
website, the University's podcast site and iTunesU.