Dr Briony McDonagh

Dr Briony McDonagh

Reader in Historical Geography (from Aug 2020)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Summary

Briony McDonagh is Reader in Historical Geography at the University of Hull. She has published widely on the landscape and environmental change (particularly in medieval and early modern Britain), on women’s histories, and on the historical geographies of enclosure, property, protest and the law. Her book, Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830 (Routledge, 2017), won the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize and Women’s History Network Book Prize. She is co-editor of Women and the Land, 1500-1900 (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), Remembering Protest in Britain since 1500 (Palgrave, 2018) and Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool University Press, 2017). She is Chair of the Historical Geography Research Group, co-editor of Historical Geography (University of Nebraska Press) and 2019 President of the British Science Association’s Geography Section.

Recent outputs

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Book

Remembering protest in Britain since 1500: Memory, materiality and the landscape

C. J. Griffin, & B. McDonagh (Eds.), (2018). Remembering protest in Britain since 1500: Memory, materiality and the landscape. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-74243-4

Journal Article

Feminist historical geographies: Doing and being

McDonagh, B. (2019). Feminist historical geographies: Doing and being. Gender, Place and Culture, 25(11), 1563-1578. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2018.1552122

More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England

Aston, J., Capern, A., & McDonagh, B. (2019). More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England. Urban history, 46(4), 695-721. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926819000142

Landscape, territory and common rights in medieval East Yorkshire

McDonagh, B. (2019). Landscape, territory and common rights in medieval East Yorkshire. Landscape History, 40(2), 77-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2020.1676043

Gender, property and succession in the early modern English aristocracy: the case of Martha Janes and her illegitimate children

Worthen, H., McDonagh, B., & Capern, A. (2019). Gender, property and succession in the early modern English aristocracy: the case of Martha Janes and her illegitimate children. Women's History Review, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2019.1696414

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Experiencing the landscape: popular geographical imaginations in the English Midlands, 1450-1650

Funder

British Academy

Grant

£9,968.00

Started

1 September 2014

Status

Complete

Project

Gendering the commons

Funder

The Leverhulme Trust

Grant

£55,000.00

Started

1 January 2019

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Briony welcomes enquiries from potential students (PhD and Masters) wishing to work on projects on the following themes (broadly interpreted), in the UK and beyond, in periods c. 1450 onwards:

- Historical geographies of landscape and environmental change, including projects on living with water and flood; country houses, gardens and parks; enclosure, improvement and agricultural change; rural and urban landscapes

- Women histories and historical geographies

- The geographies of protest, resistance and the law (in both historic and contemporary contexts)

- Heritage issues

Completed PhDs

- Helen Bergin, The man, the sea and the ice. Captain William Colbeck's Antarctic story (1898-1904)

- Charlotte Garside, Women in Chancery: an analysis of chancery as a women's court of redress in late 17th-century England

- Kalliopi Kaparounaki, Caring children in Malawi: children's work within families affected by illness and disability

- Sarah Shields, Maid, wife, widow: women's life-course and property ownership, 1550-1800

- Jazmin Scarlett (passed subject to corrections) The development of co-volcanic societies: the reciprocal relationships between the volcano La Soufrière and the society of St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles, 1718-1979

- Lizzie Rogers (passed subject to corrections) Women and the World: Explorers from the Home during the Enlightenment in Britain

Current PhD supervisions

- Helen Manning, Women, property and the law: mapping sexual inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974

- Stormm Buxton-Hill, The impact of women on family dynastic ambitions and legal change in England, 1550-1800

- Ruth Quinn, Agricultural heritage of Saltaire

- Catherine Goddard, Heritage interpretation and visitor experience at historic homes in the East Midlands, with a focus on women's history

- Alice Whiteoak, Walking the world: Emotions, place and memory in English court records, 1400-1800