Constructing the Eighteenth Century Woman: The Life and Education of Sabrina Sidney
I discovered Sabrina Sidney (1757-1843) while working on the web-based project, Revolutionary Players, www.revolutionaryplayers.org.uk between 2002 and 2004.
Intrigued by her story I attempted to discover more about Sabrina and her relationship with Thomas Day, one of the Lunar Men of the West Midlands. When information proved elusive, I applied to the University of Birmingham and am now undertaking a PhD entitled "Constructing the Eighteenth Century Woman: The Life and Education of Sabrina Sidney". Studying with the University of Birmingham has been very rewarding and is an excellent place from which to undertake research on both Eighteenth Century and West Midlands history. The support I have received, especially from Dr Malcolm Dick and Professor Ruth Watts, has been invaluable and has helped me develop as a researcher and in formulating and disseminating my ideas.
The various networks available through the university give post-graduate students a variety of opportunities to discuss their research with others and benefit from the input of peers and colleagues.