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Dr Laura Carter

Dr Laura Carter

Research Associate, Secondary Education and Social Change in the UK since 1945

Research Fellow, Murray Edwards College

Faculty of History, West Road
Cambridge CB3 9EF
Office Phone: 01223767858

Biography:

My research focuses on education, popular culture, and everyday life in Britain in the twentieth century. My PhD looked at popular social history in Britain between the 1920s and 1960s, focusing on how ‘ordinary’ people learnt about history through books, in schools, in museums, and via BBC radio. I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC funded project ‘Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945’. This project explores the ways in which the advent of mass, compulsory education after 1945 affected individual and class identities, and intersected with other processes of social change in late-twentieth century Britain. 

Teaching

I teach Part I paper 11, paper 6, Themes and Sources, HAP, and contribute to the MPhil in Modern British History

Keywords

  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Journal articles

‘Rethinking Folk Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Twentieth Century British History, advance online access published 17 August 2017. available here

‘The Quennells and the ‘History of Everyday Life’ in England, c. 1918-69’, History Workshop Journal 81 (2016), pp. 106-34. available here

‘‘Experimental’ secondary modern education in Britain, 1948-1958’, Cultural and Social History 13 (2016), pp. 23-41

Book chapters

‘The social, educational, and pedagogical contexts of ‘A305: History of Architecture and Design 1890-1939’ in 1970s Britain’, in Joaquim Moreno (ed.), On Air: Broadcasting the Modern Movement (forthcoming, 2017)

‘Historians and gender in twentieth-century Britain’, in Heidi Egginton and Zoë Thomas (eds.), Precarious Professionals: Gender, Professional Identities and Social Change in Modern British Culture, c.1850-1970 (forthcoming, 2018)

Book reviews

'Review of Citizenship, nation, empire: The politics of history teaching in England, 1870-1930 by Peter Yeandle (Manchester University Press, 2015)’, History 101 (2016), pp. 147-9

‘Review of Broadcasting Buildings: Architecture on the Wireless, 1927-1945 by Shundana Yusaf (MIT Press, 2014)’, Institute of Historical Research Reviews in History series. Available here

A-Level guides

The Connell Short Guide to The General Strike 1926 (London: Connell Guides, 2016)