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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.

You can find out more about her work here


Dr Jessica Hammett

Public Engagement Fellow
Jessica worked on the project from 2017-2019.

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. She is now working with residents in Seacroft, Leeds, to explore mental heath and experiences of wellbeing over recent decades.

You can find out more about her work here.


Imogen Gerard and Kelsie Root

Student Interns

Imogen and Kelsie worked on the project in 2017, exploring the records of the Leeds General Cemetery, in particular analysing the data of the burial registers of the site, and discovering more about the lives of some of the families who lived there.