My research focuses on the social and cultural history of home in post-war suburban Scotland. My work examines the impact of gender, consumerism and class on social relations and wellbeing. I am experienced in oral history, material cultures, visual sources and heritage sector. Since finishing my PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow in 2016, I have worked on heritage projects with Scottish Women’s Aid, National Autistic Society and Glasgow Women’s Library. In 2017, I published a short story as part of collection, Voices from the Belvidere, based on my research into a female surgeon at the Belvidere Fever Hospital, Glasgow in 1918. I have also taught at University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University on Scottish History and Health History.
In addition to turning my thesis into a monograph, I am currently working on an oral history project about the transition from inner city to Easterhouse in the 1950s and 1960s. This will look at housing, childhood, gender and affluence. The outputs from the project will be an archive, book and exhibition.
I am on the Communication Committee for Women’s History Scotland and manage their social media. I am also a member of the Scottish Oral History Centre here at Strathclyde.