‘Women workers in the light and heavy metal trades in Sheffield, c.1742-1867’. *
Dr Karen Harvey
This project will provide the first thoroughgoing history of women’s labour in Sheffield during a period of considerable innovation and change. The research will explore women’s role in the metal trades by uncovering aspects such as labour organization, pay rates and how much of their time they allocated to work. There will also be a consideration of how these women were represented in sources such as paintings. Furthermore, an exploration will be made on the impact and involvement these working women had to religious, political and educational aspects to Sheffield during the period. The project is in collaboration with Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. The research will enhance the permanent displays at the Trust’s Kelham Island Museum and feed directly into a major summer exhibition on families and children.
* Funded by the AHRC and CDA.