History of the Family and of Emotions

About us

Our researchers working in this area investigate individuals, families, communities and institutions from social, economic, gender and demographic perspectives in order to chart experience and change over time.

Our work focuses upon ideas, identities, language, emotions and material culture as ways of opening up past societies and cultures to scrutiny.

We work on topics as diverse as love and heartbreak, child welfare, families and parenting, masculinity, cleanliness and healthcare..

Wooden box of old family photos

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Joanne Begiato

Professor Joanne Begiato

Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

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Name Role Email
Dr Sally Holloway Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History & History of Art sally.holloway@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw Deputy Head for Strategy and Development jane.stevens-crawshaw@brookes.ac.uk


Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Inheriting the Family

Professor Joanne Begiato AHRC From: January 2019
Until: December 2022