Laura Carter

Research Associate, 'Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945'
Research Fellow, Murray Edwards College
Dr Laura Carter
I went to a comprehensive school in the South West of England before studying for my undergraduate degree, MPhil, and PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. I have previously worked as a Lecturer in Modern British History at King's College London and have also taught British history at SciencesPo Lille in France.

My first book, 'Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979', looks at how ‘ordinary’ people learnt about history through books, in schools, in museums, and via BBC radio. It will be published in the Oxford University Press Past & Present book series in 2021.

Since 2017 I have been 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 secondary education after 1945 affected individual identities and intersected with other processes of social change in late-twentieth century Britain.
My research interests include education, gender, and social change in Britain in the twentieth century. I have also written about popular and public history, museums and heritage, the history of the BBC, and women historians in Britain.
I teach Part I paper 11, Themes and Sources, HAP, and contribute to Part II paper 19 and the MPhil in Modern British History. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations and the History and Politics paper 'Historical Project' (HP2)


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Key publications

'Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979', (Oxford: Oxford University Press Past & Present Book Series, 2021)
‘Rethinking Folk Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Twentieth Century British History 28 (2017), pp. 543-69
‘The Quennells and the ‘History of Everyday Life’ in England, c. 1918-69’, History Workshop Journal 81 (2016), pp. 106-34
‘‘Experimental’ secondary modern education in Britain, 1948-1958’, Cultural and Social History 13 (2016), pp. 23-41

Other publications

‘Accessing Equal Education’, in Polly Russell and Margaretta Jolly (eds.), 'Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights' (London: British Library, 2020)
‘Women historians in the twentieth century’, in Heidi Egginton and Zoë Thomas (eds.), 'Precarious Professionals: Gender, Professional Identities and Social Change in Modern British Culture, c.1850-1970' (London: RHS, 2020)
‘Higher Education and the Pedagogies of Communicating Elite Knowledge in 1970s Britain’, in Joaquim Moreno (ed.), 'The university is now on air, broadcasting modern architecture' (Montreal: CCA, 2018)