Women's Work in Rural England, 1500-1700

‘Women’s Work in Rural England, 1500-1700: A New Methodological Approach’ is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at the University of Exeter. The project started in January 2015 and will run until the summer of 2018.

The research team comprises Professor Jane Whittle (the Principal Investigator) and Dr Mark Hailwood (Research Fellow), who will be joined by a PhD student. Together Jane and Mark are investigating women’s work activities in early modern England using incidental evidence from church court depositions, quarter sessions examinations, and coroners’ rolls. The PhD student will investigate women’s waged work through the detailed study of household accounts. The focus is on the South West of England, and the team are using records relating to Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Mark and Jane will be blogging about their progress on their Project website, where they will also be posting conference papers, interesting archival finds, and information about events and publications related to the project.