My PhD research focuses on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Birmingham and the West Midlands, specifically the contribution made by women artists, jewellers, metalworkers, stained glass designers and book illustrators.
Thanks to the training that these women received at The Birmingham Municipal School of Art, they were able to earn a successful living as self-employed businesswomen or in senior jobs in local and international design firms. Their contribution to the Arts and Crafts Movement was significant, and received international acclaim at the time. However it has been largely overlooked by historians today. I intend to disseminate the results of my research through lectures, broadcasting and the publication of a book.
I have received nothing but support and encouragement from my supervisor, Dr Francesca Carnevali (RIP), and also from Dr Malcolm Dick, Director of the Centre for West Midlands History. There is also a vibrant historical research community at the University. I would highly recommend the School of History and Cultures to anyone considering undertaking masters or PhD research.