Charity, Welfare and Emotions in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Royal Historical Society Symposium

Date / time
Date(s) - 5 September
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


This symposium will explore the relationship between the emotions and experiences of charity and welfare. One of the key developments in recent scholarship on welfare and poor relief has been a growing emphasis on a diversity of experiences beyond formal contributions and statutory entitlements, as well as an increasing understanding of the complexity of motivations for giving. And the field has also witnessed a turn to foreground the experiences of the poor and those in need of care, rather than simply focusing on the ways in which they were helped and/or controlled. At the same time, the history of emotions is an exciting and rapidly expanding field which offers not just fresh subject matter, but new ways of approaching and conceptualising historical study itself. The potential for linking these two areas has not been fully realised, especially in the study of the early modern British Isles.


Thanks to generous funding from the Royal Historical Society, this event is free for all to attend.

All attendees must register at to assist with planning and catering purposes.

Registration closes on 10 August 2019.

Location: Nottingham Trent University