Amy Ridgway

Department: History
Discipline: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies

Project Summary

I am a second year PhD student. My PhD title is, 'Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834'. It will be a comprehensive analysis of wage labour and poverty on the Kingston Lacy estate in east Dorset. As such, it will help bridge the gap in current literature by directly linking these two topics. It will consider how individuals and households managed to survive at the subsistence level and what happened if they did not manage to 'get by'. Account books will be linked with poor relief records to try to ascertain whether there were certain periods when estate workers were reliant upon relief.


Supervisory Team

Professor Jane Whittle and Professor Henry French

Wider Research Interests

My research interests include the histories of child and adult labour, poverty and welfare and industrialisation.