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Miss Hannah CharnockPhD, MRES (Exon.), MA (York), Ba (Oxon.)Hons) (Oxon.)

Lecturer in British History

Hannah Charnock

Miss Hannah CharnockPhD, MRES (Exon.), MA (York), Ba (Oxon.)Hons) (Oxon.)

Lecturer in British History

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Research interests

I am a historian of modern Britain, specialising in the twentieth-century histories of gender, sexuality, youth and popular culture.



My current research explores the social history of gender and sexuality in post-war Britain from a number of different perspectives.


Girlhood and sexuality in England, 1950-1980
I am in the process of developing my first monograph which interrogates teenage girls' heterosexuality in England between 1950 and 1980. This research uses oral history and Mass Observation testimonies to explore how questions of sex shaped girls' experiences of growing up during the era of so-called 'Sexual Revolution'.


The Labour of Liberation
In addition to the above work, I am currently researching the work of feminist activists in the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing upon materials held in the Feminist Archive South, this project focuses on the work of women's centres and rape crisis centres to demonstrate how feminist organisations provided essential social services in the late-C20. Bringing a labour history approach to this study I argue that this service work needs to be understood as a form of manual labour rather than simply ideological "activism".


New Ways of Knowing about Sex
My next research project will consider how understandings of puberty and teenage sexuality were represented and understood in commercial 'Facts of Life' literature and within school curricula in the second half of the twentieth century.




This year I am teaching on a range of undergraduate units. I'm taking seminars and lecturing on the first year core unit Approaching the Past. In TB2 I will be convening the 2nd year Special Field Unit Decade of Discord: Britain in the 1970s and the 3rd Year Special Subject Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture in Britain Since 1918.


Contact Details

Office: 71 Cotham Hill, Room G.06
Phone: 0117 33 10532
Twitter: @HannahLC88


Office Hours

In TB1 2018/19 my office hours are Tues 11am-12pm and Weds 10-11am. These are by appointment only and you can sign up here.

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Postal address:
9 Woodland Road
United Kingdom