Category Archives: Findings

Workers of the Week: Harvesters

Mark Hailwood Although it officially wrapped up in autumn of last year, recent months have been very productive for the Women’s Work in Rural England project, with major publications coming out and new funding coming through. This means we will … Continue reading

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Project Update: New Outputs, New Funding, New Jobs!

Jane Whittle It’s been quiet on this blog lately, but behind the scenes a lot has been going on. This includes the announcement of new funding allowing us to expand on the original project! As a result we are looking … Continue reading

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The Project’s Findings: What work did women and men do in early modern England?

Jane Whittle The project blog has been quiet for a while – I’ve been working away on a series of articles from the project, Mark has taken up a lectureship in History at Bristol University, and the project has been … Continue reading

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Sickles, Scythes and Slaughter: Images of Work in Books of Hours

Jane Whittle Late medieval books of hours provide a wealth of attractive illustrations, apparently of ordinary people going about their work across the agricultural year. Conventionally, books of hours begin with a calendar of Christian festivals illustrated with the labours … Continue reading

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How ‘domestic’ was women’s work?

Mark Hailwood It has been a busy spring for the project team, presenting lots of papers about our methodology and preliminary results. It has been a valuable opportunity to develop our thinking, and now the dust has settled a bit … Continue reading

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Why do women carry things on their heads?

Jane Whittle Agnes Parker of Chilton Cantelo, Somerset, was crossing a bridge in 1592 with a bundle of hay on her head and a pot for milking in her hand, when a gust of wind blew her off and into … Continue reading

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Workers of the Week: Winter is Coming

Mark Hailwood It’s time for another post in our recently launched ‘Workers of the Week‘ series, in which we highlight some appropriately seasonal examples of the work activities the project is finding. The focus this week, then, is on workers … Continue reading

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