The boyfriend and I have a mint plant baby. Should I be concerned?

May 5th, 2020
The boyfriend and I have a mint plant baby. Her name is Mandy. And she is glorious! Read more...

A self-indulgent history nerd's five favourite blog posts

September 16th, 2019
I’m a terrible blogger. But boy, am I committed! I’ve kept a blog in one form or another for more than a decade, (does Tumblr still even exist…?), and still, my sporadic posts hop from topics like date etiquette, to holiday snaps, and examining England’s National Curriculum. Read more...

Repost: Where does women's history sit in the classroom?

July 30th, 2019
I’m currently working for the explosive company History Bombs, (see what I did there?), which includes creating some shiny new blog content – you can check it out here. Read more...

Repost: how the way to the public’s heart is through their stomach

July 19th, 2019
Four of my all-time favourite things are food, history, food history, and dogs. The last one is irrelevant to this post, but fortunately I combined the three former interests in a blog post all about using food in public history recently. Read more...

That one time I couldn’t find anywhere decent to live in Dubai…

June 3rd, 2019
Every proud millennial has at least one old blog drifting about in the digital ether. A long-forgotten relic from a former life, ready to be stumbled upon and bring with it a heavy dose of nostalgia (or regret, depending). Read more...

Good craic in Krakow, Poland

May 5th, 2019
To quote every dating app profile out there: I love travelling! While studying for my recent MA had many positive elements, enough income to warrant a holiday was not one of them. So, I was pretty darn excited when I could viably book an impromptu trip to Krakow, Poland for the Easter weekend! Read more...

Event: Join me to chat vegetarianism and voting rights

September 13th, 2018
As anyone who has shared even the briefest conversation with me recently will know, my summer has been dominated by vegetarian suffragettes. Read more...

Suffrage eats: Vegetarian dishes from a suffrage kitchen

August 14th, 2018
Confession: after almost a year of my MA in Public History, I still struggle to give a confident answer when asked, ‘What is public history?’. While attempting to explain, people usually look on with an expression that reads: ‘Why couldn’t you just be studying biology?’ Read more...

Discovering Andalucia, Spain

May 18th, 2018
Call me a snob, but I didn’t have the highest of expectations when I found myself travelling to Marbella last month. I was under the impression that this corner of Spain was all Brits, booze and… (sun)burn. Granted, my only real frame of reference was a girls holiday that I and 11 friends took when we were 18, (DorsetGirlsOnTour2008 4eva, am I right?!) Read more...

Smuggler chat on BBC Radio Solent

March 30th, 2018
The sad thing about most university work is that for all the hours (days, weeks!) of effort you put into an assignment, once it’s handed in for marking it rarely sees the light of day again. The journalist in me doesn’t like this one bit, which is why I’ve made a point of turning assignments into feature articles or blog posts (see my History Bombs review and Dior feature) and it’s also how I ended up on BBC Radio Solent chatting about Dorset’s smuggling history last week. Read more...

Snowy weekends in Devon

March 21st, 2018
Not to encourage stereotypes and all, but British people love some good weather. You know, the type of real, substantial weather that gives us some handy small talk fodder to use throughout the day. And we’ve been in luck recently – snow, in March? I know! Can you believe it? Read more...

Uncovering a legend: Isaac Gulliver

February 28th, 2018
Who knew that local history could be fun? Well, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t. That is until I decided to tackle a nugget of Dorset history for a radio documentary I recently produced, as part of my Public History MA. The task was to create a half-hour history programme from scratch on, well, absolutely anything. (Intimidating is an understatement!) Read more...

A proud history nerd’s feature writing updates

February 20th, 2018
Anyone who knows me – or has even glimpsed my Twitter and Instagram accounts – will know that I am an out-and-proud history nerd. Always have been, (as any of the popular kids at my school could have told you…). As such, history has become an increasingly big focus of my feature writing. Read more...

History Bombs: Public history review

January 9th, 2018
For a recent assignment for my Masters we were asked to review a piece of Public History and I choose a video by the wonderful team (and new BAFTA winners) History Bombs. While it’s a little longer (and more academic) than my average blog post I thought ‘what the heck?’, I’m proud of it so why not post it. Enjoy! Read more...

Dior, the war and why historians need a fashion attitude makeover

November 15th, 2017
History and fashion rarely mix. This isn’t a dig on historians’ fashion sense, but rather a comment on how fashion, as a source material, is neglected by academic history. Perhaps fashion is believed to be an industry obsessed with the future – so what can it tell us about the past? – or maybe it’s simply seen as too shallow to be of any real historical significance. Read more...

Bad feminist: feeling sorry for men & other things I’ll never say again

June 5th, 2017
Gird your loins, as I’m unlikely to say this again: occasionally I feel sorry for men when dating. Read more...

From Georgia with love...

May 15th, 2017
It hasn’t even been four months since I moved back to the UK and I’m already getting itchy feet and feeling the urge to travel and explore. This probably has something to do with the fact I’ve been writing about Tbilisi, Georgia for a recent project and have also finally set up a Flickr page for my photos. Read more...

Sparkly new website and portfolio

March 3rd, 2017
After much exporting, uploading and linking (fuelled by my stash of peanut butter filled pretzel bites from Trader Joe’s), I’ve finally spruced and updated my portfolio – check it out here. Read more...

12 times I apologised and didn’t mean it

November 21st, 2016
Maybe I was late to the game, but my love of podcasts started almost two years ago when, home for Christmas, my sister shoved her iPod Nano into my hand and demanded that I listen to this show call Serial. Read more...

Stilettos, switchblades and blisters: why heels are the worst

October 26th, 2016
Heels have been a hot feminist issue for years. Are they empowering, because they make us lady types look taller, more professional and generally darn sassy? Or are they just tools used by the patriarchy to imprison women, like a diamante ball and chain? Read more...

Six reasons you should watch Veronica Mars again

October 2nd, 2016
NB. I wrote this blog post a good few months ago during Ramadan. It’ll give you a good idea of just how much free time I had… Read more...