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Dr Samantha Williams

Dr Samantha Williams

University Senior Lecturer in Local and Regional History

Bye Fellow in History Girton College

Girton College
Cambridge CB3 0JG

Departments and Institutes

Girton College:

Research Interests

  • History of poverty and unmarried motherhood in England, 1700-1900

Research Supervision

    • PhD supervision
    • MPhil supervision

Teaching

 

Undergraduate:

  • Tripos Paper 10 ‘British Social and Economic History 1700-1914’, Paper 11 ‘British Social and Economic History Since 1870’, and ‘Historical Argument and Practice’ paper.

 

Continuing Education:

  • 'Poverty, disease and medicine'
  • 'Family, sex and marriage'
  • 'Agriculture, industrialisation and the poor law'
  • ‘The Georgian and Victorian underworld’
  • 'Victorian values'
  • 'Inventing childhood'
  • 'Health, wealth and poverty'

     

      Other Professional Activities

      Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

      Local Population Studies Society Committee

      Member of the Economic History Society

      Key Publications

       

      Books

      • Poverty, gender and life-cycle under the English Poor Law, 1760-1834 (Royal Historical Society, Boydell and Brewer, 2011)

       

      Edited books

      • A. Levene, T. Nutt, and S. K. Williams (eds.), Illegitimacy in Britain 1700-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

       

      Articles

      • ‘The Experience of Pregnancy and Childbirth for Unmarried Mothers in London, 1760-1866’, Women’s History Review, 20 (2011), pp.55-72
      • ‘Poor Relief, Labourers’ Households and Living Standards in Rural England c.1770-1834: a Bedfordshire case-study’, Economic History Review LVIII (2005), pp.485-519 - T. S. Ashton Prize from the Economic History Society
      • ‘Practitioners’ Income and Provision for the Poor: parish doctors in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries’, Social History of Medicine, 18:2 (2005), pp.159-86
      • ‘Earnings, Poor Relief and the Economy of Makeshifts: Bedfordshire in the early years of the New Poor Law’, Rural History, 16 (2005), pp.21-52
      • ‘Malthus, Marriage and Poor Law Allowances Revisited: a Bedfordshire case study, 1770-1834’, Agricultural History Review, 52 (2004), pp.56-82
      • ‘Life Course and Lifecycle: reconstructing the experience of poverty in the time of the Old Poor Law’, co-authored with Susannah Ottaway, Archives, 23 (1998), pp.19-29

       

      Chapters in books

      • 'Britain, 1750-2000', in E Vanhaute, I. Devos, T. Lambrecht (eds.), Rural Economy and Society in North-Western Europe, 500-2000, Making a Living: Family, Income and Labour (Brepols, 2012), pp.70-95
      • ‘“I was Forced to Leave my Place to Hide my Shame”: the living arrangements of unmarried mothers in London in the early nineteenth century’, in J. McEwan and P. Sharpe (eds.), Accommodating Poverty: the housing and living arrangements of the English poor, c. 1600-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp.101-219
      • ‘“That the Petitioner Shall have Borne a Good Character for Virtue, Sobriety, and Honesty Previous to her Misfortune”: unmarried mothers’ petitions to the Foundling Hospital and the rhetoric of need in the long eighteenth century’, in A. Levene, T. Nutt, and S.K. Williams (eds.), Illegitimacy in Britain 1700-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp.86-101
      • Levene, T. Nutt, and S.K. Williams, ‘Introduction’, in A. Levene, T. Nutt, and S.K. Williams (eds.), Illegitimacy in Britain 1700-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp.1-17
      • ‘Caring for the Sick Poor: poor law nurses in Bedfordshire, c.1770-1834’ in P. Lane, N. Raven and K.D.M. Snell (eds.), Women, Work and Wages, c. 1650-1900 (Boydell and Brewer, 2004), pp.141-169