Clare Maudling

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: College of Humanities

After graduating from the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, in 2007 with a joint honours degree in History with Leisure and Tourism, I entered the field of local studies as an archive assistant for the Devon Record Office. As I had considerable library experience prior to this, a move to the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter (now part of the South West Heritage Trust) seemed natural in 2008. I spent four years working at Westcountry Studies and there consolidated my interest in local history, and in particular the history and development of the built environment. I had written my undergraduate thesis on the post-Second World War reconstruction of Exeter but felt that the work was unfinished, particularly with little material having been written on the subject.

In 2012 I was awarded a  1 + 3 studentship with the Economic and Social Research Council to undertake an Mres in Social and Economic History and a PhD, allowing me to continue my research into post-war reconstruction. I am now completing a thesis on the reconstruction of the South Western cities comparing their experience to that of the larger UK cities.

I still maintain strong links with local studies in Devon through both volunteer and paid work. I am the library assistant to the Devon and Exeter Institution's current Heritage Lottery Funded project and I also volunteer with the Devon Heritage Centre, working on the former Westcountry Studies Library collections.  I undertook other voluntary work on local history projects, such as the Word Machine's Plymouth project, and Torquay Boys Grammar School History Society's genealogy project, during 2014/2015. 

I am also a junior research assistant to the Structure and Organisation of Government project run jointly by the politics department of the University of Exeter, the University of Leiden, University of Potsdam and University of Bergen, and CERSA, Paris.