Announcing a new blog ‘Georgian Perspectives’ launched by Louise Ryland-Epton, a PhD candidate with the History department at The OU.
I am a PhD candidate at the OU researching eighteenth century poverty, welfare legislation and the inner workings of the Georgian state. I wanted to blog because I have been spending a lot of time in archives recently and sometimes I come across things which whilst not relevant to my current research is maybe unusual, surprising or tragic. I am also interested in how history has parallels or resonances with what is happening today. So one post deals with the creation of an early soup kitchen in a town which today has a food bank. These responses to food crisis are two hundred years but both have very similar objectives. A blog is great as it allows me to focus on individual stories which would not otherwise be told in an engaging way which I hope is interesting.