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History Lab Plus

Who We Are

The History Lab Plus Committee are:

Kimm Curran, Co-Chair

Kimm Curran was Chair of History Lab Plus from 2010-2013 and currently co-chair until 2014 with Cath Feely. She is an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy, represents the Arts & Humanities for the committee of UKRSA, sits on the steering committee as the Early Career Representative for History UK (HE) and the History Forum of HEA. She received her PhD from the University of Glasgow entitled 'Religious Women and Their Communities in Late Medieval Scotland'. She is the co-organiser of the Teaching the Middle Ages Series at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, and the Publications & Communications Officer, bibliography editor (medieval) and member of the steering committee for the research group, The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland. She also is the network co-coodinator for History of Women in Medieval Ireland, Wales & Scotland [] and Prosopography in Medieval Monastic Studies []


Catherine FeelyCo-Chair

Catherine Feely is a cultural and social historian of modern Britain, specialising in the histories of publishing and reading in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a book about the publication, circulation, reading and non-reading of Karl Marx’s Capital in Britain. Having recently taught modern British and European history at the universities of Durham, Sheffield and Manchester, she will be taking up a lectureship in history at the University of Derby in January 2014.




Melodee Beals, Regional Coordinator/  Yorkshire & Humberside Communications Officer

Melodee Beals is a senior lecturer in history at Sheffield Hallam University and is actively involved in pedagogical research to improve teaching and learning in HE History. The main focus of her disciplinary research and publication is emigration, including both settlement communities and those who remained behind, and is particularly interested in the role of newspaper networks in public perceptions of demography and migration.



Adam Chapman, IHR Liaison Communications Officer 

Adam Chapman completed his PhD 'The Welsh Soldier, 1283-1422’ at the University of Southampton in 2010.  He has been involved in a number of postdoctoral research projects inclunding: Agincourt 600, RCAHM Wales- Welsh Battlefields, and English Episcopal Acta. The main focus of his research is aspects of later Medieval Wales,  the poets of fifteenth century Wales, their work and their social and political context.  He has published in this area and his book on the Welsh Solidier will be coming out shortly. He is interested in digital humanities and technology and is currently an editor for Victoria County History  at the IHR.



Daniel Budden Membership Officer

Dan completed his AHRC-funded PhD entitled "The Political Economy of fin-de-siècle Christian Socialism" at Swansea University in 2011, and he is interested in exploring the cultural history of economic and political ideas. Dan was formerly a postgraduate council member of the Economic History Society and he sat on the History Lab committee. He currently works for a consultancy firm and has recently participated in a research project on the contemporary history of financial crises, in collaboration with leading figures from business and academia.



Hannah Elias, History Lab Liaison

Hannah Elias is currently finishing a PhD in British Religious History at McMaster University, Canada. Based in London, she now works for St Paul's Institute while completing her doctoral work. Her thesis is a study of wartime religious broadcasting and popular spirituality, entitled "Radio Religion: War, Faith and the BBC, 1939-1948." Hannah has organised an international, interdisciplinary conference on the place of religion in conflict and reconciliation, and helped launch the Network for the Study of War and Religion in 2010. She is a postgraduate member of the Royal Historical Society. 

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Alexander Lock, British Library Liaison

Alexander Lock specialises in eighteenth-century British political history and is based at the British Library researching the post-medieval legacy of Magna Carta for a major exhibition and publication in 2015. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in December 2011 for a thesis which examined the life, networks, and political activities of an eighteenth-century English Catholic baronet Sir Thomas Gascoigne (1745-1810). He has published articles on David Hume, religion, politics and electoral management in the late eighteenth century, as well as several entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and works with the History of Parliament Trust as an interviewer on their oral history project recording the testimony of former MPs.



Ellie Pridgeon, Regional Coordinator/ Midlands & Grants Officer

Ellie Pridgeon wrote her PhD on representations of St Christopher in medieval wall painting at the University of Leicester (2010). She is currently Course Convenor and Lecturer for two BA in Humanities and Arts modules (European Architecture / Modern Art). She has published a number of articles on medieval wall painting, and has recently advised Dr Miriam Gill on St Christopher imagery for the Churches Conservation Trust Discover Wall Paintings web project. Ellie is a member of the Church Monuments Society council, with responsibility for managing the archive and social media platforms. She is a professional archivist and has worked at a number of leading UK institutions, most recently the Science Museum in London. She undertakes the role of HE / FE Liaison for the Archives, Learning and Education Section UK (ALES), and is co-editor of ARC Magazine, the monthly publication for archivists.

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Emily RobinsonRegional Coordinator/ Southeast

Emily Robinson is an Advance Research Fellow in Politics at the University of Nottingham and will be taking up a lectureship in Politics at the University of Sussex in July 2013. Her first book, History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics: past politics and present histories, was published by Manchester University Press in 2012. She is currently working on a history of popular and political uses of the word 'progressive' in Britain, from 1888 to 2010. Emily is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and represents History Lab Plus as a co-opted member of the RHS's Research and Policy Committee. Her PhD was awarded by the University of London in 2010.




Helen Steele, Regional Coordinator/ Midlands & Royal Historical Society Liaison

Helen Steele completed her PhD 'The experiences of women in Vienna, 1943-1948' at Swansea University in 2012. She is currently part of the Library Research Services team at the University of Leicester where she works with PhD researchers from across the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Science. Helen continues to undertake research in the field of Austrian history, most recently examining cases of bigamy in postwar Vienna.

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