20th September 2005




A new book examining the role English public museums played in the formation of the traditional class system in 19th-century Britain has been written by a Lincoln academic.


Senior lecturer in History, Dr Kate Hill, gained a degree in History from Warwick University and then went on to study for a PhD at Lancaster University.


Dr Hill has taught History at the University of Lincoln and its predecessors since 1995.


She has also had several articles published on Victorian civic culture and the Victorian middle classes.


“I've studied for a post-graduate diploma in Heritage Interpretation from St Mary's College at Strawberry Hill, which I guess you could say, started my interest in museums and their role in society,” said Dr Hill.


“The book is developed from my PhD thesis entitled ‘Municipal Museums in the North-West 1850-1914’, and has taken a very long time from start to finish. That's quite a good thing though as the whole area of museum history has become much more active in that time, with other scholars working in this field or similar ones.


“Museum history has something to say about many aspects of the 19th century, such as ideas about evolution, the growth of government, imperialism, class, gender and the development of towns and cities. So from museums you actually get a good overview of 19th-century culture, society and government.”


To order a copy please contact: Ashgate Publishing Direct Sales, Bookpoint Limited, 103 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4SB. Tel: 01235 827730. Email: ashgate@bookpoint.co.uk 


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(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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