What did women do all day in the Tudor and Stuart South West?

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Date: 16 November 2017
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30

UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

What did Women do all Day in the Tudor and Stuart South West? - Mark Hailwood

What can a variety of different sources can tell us about the lives of working women in the South West of England in the period 1500-1700? In this talk, Mark Hailwood considers the use of printed conduct books from the period, surviving wage information from household and farm accounts, and probate inventories of wealthier widows and spinsters.

His current research is focussed on the use of witness depositions given before a range of early modern civil and criminal courts, in which many witnesses provided details about work activities they were engaged in at the time they witnessed or were involved in an incident. These provide a wealth of incidental information about both women's and men's everyday working lives, and can help us to build up a much more detailed picture of the division of labour between men and women in this period than has previously been possible, and in the process to challenge many assumptions and stereotypes about the nature of women's work in the past.

Find out more about the project.

Dr Mark Hailwood is Lecturer in History 1400-1700 at the University of Bristol.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
E-mail: rhc@uwe.ac.uk

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