Dr Laura King

Associate Professor of Modern British History

Laura’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of everyday family life, health and medicine, and gender in modern Britain. She is the project leader for Living with Dying: Everyday Cultures of Dying within Family Life in Britain, 1900-50s. This project builds upon her previous work which has examined various aspects of family life, including masculinity and fatherhood, childhood, and family archives.

Laura has been involved in a number of projects which have collaborated with partners and publics outside higher education; from community groups and charities, to museums and a theatre company. She is also co-founder and co-director of the History & Policy Forum on Parenting.

You can find out more about her work here


Dr Jessica Hammett

Public Engagement Fellow

Jessica is a social and cultural historian of twentieth-century Britain. Her research looks at community, friendship and family, and how these social networks have been shaped by gender, generation and class. Her PhD examined these themes in the context of Second World War civil defence.

Jessica also has experience of working with community groups on a local history project in Newport, South Wales: Moving to Bettws: Starting a New Life on a 1960s Estate. 

You can find out more about her work here


Imogen Gerard

Student Intern

Imogen has recently graduated from University of Leeds having completed a degree in English Literature. As part of her final year she studied Medical Humanities and examined the narratives behind medicine, illness and care. Last year Imogen worked as a student intern in Special Collections in the Brotherton Library. This project helped her to develop a genealogical approach to history
as she researched and wrote biographies for people associated with the English Stage Company.

Kelsie Root

Student Intern

Kelsie studied History and Philosophy of Science and History of Art at the University of Leeds from 2014 to 2017. Her undergraduate dissertation, Sepulture and the City, focused on the foundation on the Leeds General Cemetery. It explored the religious and philanthropic motivations of the Leeds General Cemetery committee, as well as how notions of public health and civic pride contributed to the interest in constructing general cemeteries in the early 1800s.