Linda Henderson

Economic and Social History

PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC 1+3)
College of Humanities, University of Exeter

Start date: October 2018

Research topic: Class, Gender, and the Nature of Scientific Improvement – a case study of the Aylesbury Duck Industry 1820-1920 (PhD subject) “Feathering the Nest” – The Social and Economic Networks of the Aylesbury Duck Industry in the Nineteenth Century (MRes Dissertation)

My research will be investigating the notion of agricultural scientific improvement and progression, and how this is perceived and defined by gender and class.

The Aylesbury Duck Industry will be used as a case study to explore these ideas in depth.

The MRes dissertation will focus on the social and economic networks of the Aylesbury Duck Industry in the 19th Century. This will involve exploring the trade connections between Buckinghamshire where the ducks were produced and the London markets of Smithfield and Leadenhall where the ducks were sold. The emphasis being on the lived experiences of women within all parts of the industry.

Research supervisors: Prof Henry French, Prof Jane Whittle

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Member of Economic History Society and British Agricultural History Society