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Free webinar: ‘Exploring the Archives: Researching the narrative of happiness and the history of feeling’

Join us to discover how explorations into two complementary collections led to fascinating research into the narrative of happiness and the history of feeling.

Our webinar ‘Exploring the Archives’ is a collaboration between the Mass Observation Archive and the Archive of Market and Social Research, featuring speakers Professor Claire Langhamer, Institute of Historical Research and Dr David Tross, Birkbeck University.

The event will explore how the speakers have used material from both archives for their research, with insights into their methods and findings. Whether you are familiar with these collections or are new to archive research, this event will offer the opportunity to learn how the speakers navigated the collections, the value it offered their research and the journeys it took them on.

Claire Langhamer is Director of the Institute of Historical Research. She is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain who specialises in the history of everyday life, especially the experiences of women and girls, and the history of feeling. She is Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive, and her books include Women’s Leisure in England, 1920–1960 and The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution.

David Tross has taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Birkbeck for 10 years, and currently lectures on Birkbeck’s BSc Community Development and Public Policy and BSc Social Science programmes. He is also the academic lead on the National Lottery Funded Community Leadership course for Newham residents. He has contributed to recent publications of AMSR. His doctoral research explored narratives of happiness and wellbeing in the UK, and he continues to research and write in this field. 

Date posted: 23rd January 2023. Post revised 9th February 2023


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