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July's Research Conversation

Who was Susanna Hall, and what lives might this early modern woman have lived?

On 13 July we'll meet with Dr Ailsa Grant Ferguson to discuss how we remember women of the seventeenth century.  More specifically, who might Susanna Hall have been and what lives might this early modern women have lived?

Susanna Hall features in the Shakespeare story; we know her as a daughter, a wife and a mother. But was she a healer? A writer, and reader? A gardener and householder? A negotiator and a thinker? What lives might this early modern woman have lived? How might we use Hall’s Croft, once her home, as an artefact through which to learn more about Susanna, and about the lives of other early modern women? This talk is given in the early stages of new research project and invites discussion about how we might imagine multiple versions of a woman’s life. What roles might we construct to enable us to engage with our past, present, and future?

‘Susanna Hall and Hall’s Croft: Gender, Cultural Memory, Heritage’ is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Led by Dr Ailsa Grant Ferguson, University of Brighton, AHRC RDE Fellow.

The event begins with a thirty minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion. Please note this is an online event held on Zoom.


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