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Dr. Eve Colpus 

Associate Professor in British and European History post-1850; History TEF Coordinator

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Dr. Eve Colpus is Associate Professor in British & European History post 1850 at the University of Southampton.

I studied History at the University of Oxford, where I stayed on to complete a D.Phil. under the supervision of Dr. Jane Garnett.

As a modern British historian, my publications span the history of charitable engagement, social activism, women’s history, and histories of popular media and communications.

My first book, Female Philanthropy in the Interwar World: Between Self and Other, was published by Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2018. It uses the stories of four women — Evangeline Booth; Lettice Fisher; Emily Kinnaird; and Muriel Paget — to trace a history of women, social activism and the shifting semblances of modern Britain. Following the women’s stories across the globe, I trace the evolving significance of philanthropy in the interwar era in the unexpected contexts of celebrity, mass media and mass consumption as well as more familiar ones (in women’s lives) of the family, work and civil society. I have also developed my contribution to the historiography on women’s social activism and the concept of ‘service’ in the interwar period in an article published in Past and Present (2018).

My current research focuses on the changing nature and ramifications of ‘need’ in the recent past, and how it has been identified and responded to culturally, politically, and socially over recent decades. I am currently researching the wide-ranging impact of the television programme That’s Life! (BBC1, 1973-1994) in a number of spheres, including consumers’ experiences; children’s lives; gender politics; and social policy.

In 2016, I organised with Dr Jenny Crane a witness seminar on the 30-year history of the UK children’s charity, ChildLine, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Southampton, and held at the BT Tower, London. This resulted in the creation of a digital archive, hosted by the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.

I have a long-standing interest in women’s history. I currently sit on the editorial board of Women’s History Review. I was a member of the steering committee of the UK Women’s History Network (2014-2018).

Research interests

I am a historian of modern Britain. My research interests span the history of charitable engagement, social activism, women’s history, and histories of popular media and communications in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I currently supervise PhD theses on topics including the British historic buildings preservation movement in the twentieth century, and representations of ‘the Jew’ and Jewish culture on British sit coms in the 1950s and 1960s.

I would welcome applications for PhD supervision in any topic related to my broader research interests.

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