Project Team

Professor Martin Daunton  University of Cambridge

Martin Daunton is Professor of economic history at the University of Cambridge, where he is also head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has written on British economic and social history since 1700, with particular reference to economic and social policy, above all on housing and taxation. He is currently completing a book on the economic government of the world since 1933. Martin’s interest in this project is particularly connected with the role of tax policy in shaping patterns of inheritance, and with the social and cultural assumptions that influenced the assumptions upon which that policy was based.  Read more…

Professor David Green  King’s College LondonDavid Green portrait

David Green is Professor of Historical Geography at King’s College London. He has written extensively on welfare and economic change in nineteenth-century London, and also lead a large ESRC project on wealth and investment in nineteenth-century Britain. His most recent book, Pauper Capital (Ashgate, 2010) focussed on the poor law in London. He also co-edited Men, Women and Money (Oxford University Press, 2011). David’s role in this project is to help structure the analysis of the evidence base in order to identify the historical and geographical differences in inheritance and wealth practices in nineteenth-century Britain. Read more...

Dr Lesley Hoskins  University of CambridgeLesleyH

Lesley Hoskins, with a background in historical geography, is a researcher and curator, working mostly on domestic and institutional life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a postdoctoral research assistant on this project, her role is to gather, input, and analyse primary data relating to wills and death duties. The project puts a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis but weaves it together with individual biographical material and the broader social and cultural landscape. Lesley has previously worked fruitfully in this way on the material culture of nineteenth-century homes, using a large series of household inventories. Recent articles include ‘Household inventories re-assessed: a “new” source for investigating nineteenth-century domestic culture in England and Wales’ Home Cultures, 2014, 11: 3. Read more…

Dr Alastair Owens  Queen Mary, University of LondonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Alastair Owens is Reader in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. He works mainly on nineteenth-century Britain with recent research exploring families, households and property transmission; gender, wealth-holding and investment; and domestic material culture. Supported by grants from the ESRC, AHRC and British Academy, much of this research has been interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with economic and financial historians and archaeologists. He has also worked in partnership with a number of museums including the Geffrye Museum, the Ragged School Museum, the Museum of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood. His most recent book is Men, Women, and Money (co-ed Oxford University Press, 2011). Having worked previously on inheritance in the nineteenth century, his particular role in this project focuses on the interpretation of testamentary and death duty records to understand the complex dynamics of property transmission. Read more…

Dr Samantha Shave  Bournemouth UniversitySam

Samantha joined the project in 2012 and has written about poverty and the poor laws in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her role on the project is to analyse a large number of wills and undertake supplementary archival research, such as published guides for will-making and solicitors’ correspondence. She is also interested in developing the idea of wealth-fare. Since completing her PhD at the University of Southampton (2010), Samantha worked on an ESRC project at the University of Sussex (2010-2013) about British living standards during the twentieth century. The project transcribed three household expenditure surveys and, in partnership with The National Archives, delivered a scheme which enabled teachers to develop lessons from the data.  In September 2014 Samantha joined Bournemouth University as a lecturer in History. Read more…

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