University of Hertfordshire

Professor Sarah Lloyd


I am a member of the History Department at the University of Hertfordshire and chair the University's Heritage Hub.


Research Interests

I have two main strands of research. Over the last few years I've worked on community histories of Hertfordshire and currently lead a national public engagement centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. The Centre connects academic and public histories of the First World War, with a focus on everyday life and the legacies of conflict on subsequent generations. Everyday Lives in War is a collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Essex, Northampton, Exeter, Lincoln and Central Lancashire.

I also have a long-established interest in the histories of charity and poverty in Britain during the long 18th century. One element of this, 'Archives of the Otherwise', explores the significance of imagined possibilities in promoting various poor relief schemes. I explored these in my 2009 monograph Poverty & Charity in England c1680-1820: wild & visionary schemes.
Charity and poverty in England, c.1680-1820 : wild and visionary schemes
My other enquiries delve into the broader cultural contexts of that period, including: interdisciplinary study of adultery trial literature; work on tickets, coins and tokens; and histories of cottage life and a demotic sense of home.

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