Author Archives: am09aab

Hard working bankers helped create the tyranny of the clock

Are you working against the clock? Struggling to make that next deadline? Operating in an environment of presenteeism where time at your desk counts for more than your actual productivity? In a recent Radio 4 programme, Emma Griffin blamed industrialisation … Continue reading

Posted in Bank of England | Tagged | Leave a comment

Taking action against inequality in academia

In the past couple of weeks I have been at two events celebrating and promoting the careers of women academics. For International Women’s Day (8 March) the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire had a series of talks highlighting women researching women’s issues, a networking lunch and a workshop where we discussed the […]

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Women were to blame for the South Sea Bubble (according to men)

So just how do you reduce the risk of crisis in financial markets? In the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, contemporaries reached a firm but controversial conclusion: keep women out. Click here to read more: https://theconversation.com/women-were-to-blame-for-the-south-sea-bubble-according-to-men-72439

Posted in South Sea Bubble | Leave a comment

Christmas and New Year bonuses for eighteenth-century bankers

A report produced by the Bank of England over the year from March 1783 to March 1784 shows that gift-giving at Christmas and New Year was regularly observed by customers and the Bank also gave gifts to valued connections. Eighteenth-century … Continue reading

Posted in Bank of England | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What do we look for in a prize-winning EHS New Researcher Paper?

Don’t skip the Friday afternoon of the Economic History Society Conference, that’s when the New Researchers Sessions are scheduled and it’s often the most interesting part of the weekend. Adding to the excitement is the tension in the air because … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Economic History Society Conference, 2016

Better late than never, here are my thoughts on the 2016 Economic History Society conference held at Robinson College Cambridge on the weekend of 1-3 April 2016. This was the best attended of the Society’s conferences to date with over … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Breaking up and making up: another early modern courtship

Another courtship story from the Jeake family archive…. Richard Hartshorne and Barbara Harding were the parents of Samuel Jeake’s wife, Elizabeth. Richard was desperate to marry Barbara. And, as a couple in their middle age with no parents to interfere, their courtship … Continue reading

Posted in Jeake family of Rye | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment