RHS Symposium at Nottingham Trent University – 5 September 2019

Charity, Welfare and Emotions in Early Modern Britain and Ireland

A Royal Historical Society Symposium at Nottingham Trent University

Thursday 5 September 2019, 9.30-17.00
Free to attend, booking necessary.

This symposium explores 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. This Symposium will suggest that the potential for linking these two areas has not been fully realised, especially in the study of the early modern British Isles, and aim to encourage dialogue between the two fields.

All are welcome to attend this exploration of the relationship between emotion and experiences of poverty, charity,and welfare in the early modern British Isles.

The programme for the day is available to download here.

To register for the Symposium please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charity-welfare-and-emotions-in-early-modernbritain-and-ireland-tickets-60519906670

Registration closes on 23 August 2019.


The Symposium will be followed by a public lecture which all are welcome to attend.

The Elizabethan Willoughbys of Wollaton Hall: Through the eyes of Cassandra Willoughby, Duchess of Chandos (1670–1735).

Professor Jo Ann Moran Cruz (Georgetown University)

Thursday 5 September
18.00 – 19.30
Venue: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG8 2AE.

Full details of the lecture and how to book to attend are here.