Caroline joined the University of Northampton History team in September 2015. Prior to this, she was the Economic History Society’s Tawney Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. She completed her PhD in 2014 at Newcastle University.
Caroline is the academic lead for the BA History (Heritage) degree pathway, and teaches across the History and History (Heritage) degree pathways.
Caroline’s first year module (Level 4) HIS1019 Introduction to Heritage offers an introductory survey of the history and contemporary practice of heritage in the UK.
Her second year (Level 5) teaching focuses on the practical and theoretical practice of history and heritage. HIS2003 Research Skills in History encourages students to develop their independent research skills and introduces them to the practicalities of original archival research. This helps prepare students for their final year dissertation. HIS2016 The Use and Abuse of Heritage looks at contemporary heritage debates in a variety of settings including schools, museums, visitors’ centres, national monuments, online and broadcast media.
Caroline’s third year (Level 6) module HIS3032 Death and Bereavement in Britain 1500-1914 examines the social, material and cultural history of death. This module explores how people in the past responded to high disease and mortality rates.
Caroline coordinates the student placement programme for the History and History (Heritage) degree pathways. She welcomes any enquiries or expressions of interest in these from students or heritage organizations.
Caroline’s research and teaching combines the study of public history and heritage with the social and cultural history of Britain, circa 1660-1914. She is interested in how different types of history are presented to the public in person and online, and how history is used to inform contemporary debates. She is a co-convenor of the Institute of Historical Research’s Public History Research Seminar series.
She also has parallel research interests in the history of disability and health, and the role of medicine and disability in war, c. 1500-1914. She is currently writing a book on the history of the army’s Chelsea Pensioners and military social welfare systems in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Caroline was previously the AHRC research associate on the BBC collaboration ‘World War One at Home: North East and Cumbria’. She also coordinated the University of Hertfordshire’s Heritage i-Teams Programme (2015), a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and the Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.
- Old Soldiers: The Royal Hospital of Chelsea, Military Pensions and British Society, 1660-1834 – in preparation
- Naval Charity: The Records of the Chest at Chatham, 1673-1799 (London Records Society – in preparation)
- ‘Disability, Fraud and Medical Experience at the Royal Hospital of Chelsea in the Long Eighteenth Century’ in Britain’s Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715-1815, eds Kevin Linch and Matthew McCormack (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014), 183-201.
- ‘”Continuing to Serve?”: Representations of the Elderly Veteran Soldier in the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries’ in Men After War, eds. Stephen McVeigh and Nicola Cooper (London: Routledge, 2013), 18-35.