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Dr Hannah Charnock

PhD, MRES (Exon.), MA (York), Ba (Oxon.)Hons) (Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a historian of modern Britain, specialising in the twentieth-century histories of gender, sexuality, youth and popular culture.



My current research explores the social history of gender and sexuality in post-war Britain from a number of different perspectives.

Girlhood and sexuality in England, 1950-1980
I am in the process of developing my first monograph which interrogates teenage girls' heterosexuality in England between 1950 and 1980. This research uses oral history and Mass Observation testimonies to explore how questions of sex shaped girls' experiences of growing up during the era of so-called 'Sexual Revolution'.


The Labour of Liberation
In addition to the above work, I am currently researching the work of feminist activists in the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing upon materials held in the Feminist Archive South, this project focuses on the work of women's centres and rape crisis centres to demonstrate how feminist organisations provided essential social services in the late-C20. I argue that this service work needs to be understood as a form of manual labour rather than simply ideological "activism".


New Ways of Knowing about Sex
My next research project will consider how understandings of puberty and teenage sexuality were represented and understood in commercial 'Facts of Life' literature and within school curricula in the second half of the twentieth century.




I teach the following 'Special' units:

  • Decade of Discord: Britain in the 1970s (2nd year Special Field Unit)
  • Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture in Britain since 1918 (3rd year Special Subject, unit convenor)

I contribute to the following 'Option' units:

  • The Making of Contemporary Britain (2nd year TB2 Option, unit convenor)
  • Rewriting Modern Britain (MA TB1)

I also teach seminars and lecture on the first year core unit Approaching the Past.



Contact Details

Office: 71 Cotham Hill, Room G.06
Phone: 0117 33 10532
Twitter: @HannahLC88


Office Hours

In TB2 2019/20 my office hours are Weds and Thurs 11-12noon. These are by appointment only and you can sign up here.


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