Welcome to the website for the project ‘Women’s Work in Rural England, 1500-1700: A New Methodological Approach’. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at the University of Exeter, the project started in January 2015 and ran until the summer of 2018.
Our team comprises Jane Whittle (Principal Investigator), Mark Hailwood (Honorary Research Fellow), Charmian Mansell (Research Associate) and Imogene Dudley (PhD Student). Together Jane, Mark and Charmian investigated women’s work activities in early modern England using incidental evidence from church court depositions, quarter sessions examinations, and coroners’ rolls. Imogene investigated women’s waged work through the detailed study of household accounts. Our focus was on the South West of England, and we used records relating to Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
We blog about our progress on this site, as well as posting details about upcoming talks, conference papers, events and publications related to the project – so do follow us! You can sign up to receive email alerts of our latest blog posts by clicking the ‘follow’ button on the right hand side of this page, and you can also follow us on twitter – @womensworkexe – where we regularly tweet some of our most interesting (and amusing) archival finds.