This project is directed by Dr Kirsten Jarrett, an historical archaeologist based in the Midlands, who has specialised in the Roman period, the ‘Dark Ages’, and the archaeology of identity, and long had an interest in the early 20th century (research profile available here). Kirsten studied for her BA in Archaeology (1997) and MA in Archaeological Research (1999) at the University of Nottingham, and PhD at the University of Sheffield (2010). She began teaching as a freelance Adult and Continuing Education Tutor in 2000 at the University of Nottingham, having since taught for the WEA and Keele University; and is currently a member of the Part-Time Tutor panel for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education (OUDCE), having taught for the department in autumn 2012.
Her experience includes buildings and household archaeology, particularly exploring ‘hidden histories’: the lives of those not often mentioned or given voice, often subjected to inequality, but who nonetheless find ways of surviving – sometimes uniting to subvert systems of power, domination, and degradation. The primary focus of her research is developing different ways of exploring and understanding poverty and class.
Other members of the Project Team are Dave Kinsley, who will provide archive support; Debra Jarrett, who acts as secretary; and Louise Kinsley, who will provide research support.