Hannah Charnock



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I'm an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Exeter writing a thesis entitled, Girlhood, Sexuality and Identity in England, 1950-1980.

My research aims to bring the history of sexuality into dialogue with the history of childhood and youth and seeks to bring these to the fore of understandings of late twentieth-century society. I use oral history testimonies and Mass Observation material to explore the sexual discourses and practices that shaped young women’s lives and identities in post-war England. 

I received a First Class BA(Hons) in History from the University of Oxford in 2010 and in 2011/2 I was granted AHRC funding to complete a MA in Modern History at the University of York. In line with my ESRC funding I completed an MRes in Economic and Social History here in Exeter in 2013. I’ve sustained my interest in gender, sexuality and the social history of medicine throughout my studies and have written dissertations on the use of chloroform in childbirth in the nineteenth century, the portrayal of abortion in the news-media of the late-1970s/early-1980s and on responses to adultery in inter-war Britain.