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Women and War: Female Activism during the English Civil War

Emma Turnbull is working with the National Trust on a collaborative project on the subject of female activism during the English Civil War. The project aims to reinvigorate the historical content that is on offer to visitors of National Trust properties by training the Trust’s staff and volunteers in historical story-telling.

Emma is working with three National Trust properties, providing staff and volunteers with innovative, property-specific interpretations of the Civil-War experiences of women. Emma hopes her research will give participants the confidence to talk historically and bring to life the active choices and strategies that women pursued during the seventeenth-century conflict.

As part of her Fellowship, Emma will also organise an interdisciplinary conference at TORCH in the summer of 2017 on ‘Presenting the Seventeenth Century’. The conference will bring senior National Trust staff and early modern scholars together to discuss important themes and pressure-points in seventeenth-century research, as well as strategies for presenting and communicating these to the wider public. The event would be a laboratory for further  collaborations between early modernists and the heritage sector.