Cherish Watton

PhD student
Cherish Watton

Cherish is a PhD student in Modern British History at Churchill College, Cambridge.

She studies the history of scrapbooks in Britain during the twentieth century, funded by the Wolfson Foundation.

Her thesis aims to use scrapbooks to interrogate broader histories of life-writing, archiving, collecting, gender, and emotions.

Cherish completed her BA and MPhil degrees at Cambridge. In 2018, Cherish won the Royal Historical Society's inaugural Undergraduate Public History Prize for her work running

Cherish is regularly in the media discussing the work of the Women’s Land Army. Watch Cherish's interview on BBC Breakfast in the run up to the 75th Anniversary of VE Day here.

Gender history, material culture, public history, cultural history, and histories of subjectivities.

Online public history lecture for second-year undergraduate module on public history.

University of Birmingham, November 2018 and 2019.

For a list of Cherish's speaking engagements, click here.


Tags & Themes


Faculty of History, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9EF


Academic publications

Suffrage scrapbooks and emotional histories of women’s activismWomen's History Review (2022)

“Scrapbooks and community archives: WI women’s experiences of record-keeping in 1960s rural England.” Archives & Records (forthcoming, 2023)

Tiia Sahrakorpi & Cherish Watton, Coming of Age in Postwar Germany: Young Women’s Search for New Emotional Subjectivities, 1946–50Journal of Social History, 2022