Mr Adam Mckie

Supervised by

  • Stella Moss First/primary/lead supervisor

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Research interests

I'm a final-year PhD student researching 'capitalist utopianism' and company villages in interwar England. My work explores the self-titled workers' paradises of Silver End and East Tilbury, both in Essex, built by capitalists during a period when the political economy was in ideological and functional crisis. Based on the garden city model, these purpose-built, semi-isolated and self-contained villages provided spacious, futuristic, modern housing for workers, but were also monopolising, hegemonic experiments in social engineering where capitalists harnessed incredible ideological and cultural control over their residents. Not only did the company control employment and housing, but also owned and/or directed utilities, recreation, education, religion, healthcare, welfare and social security, financial investment, restaurants and farms and retail outlets. 

My broader research looks into the history and development of women’s sport in England. My first book, Women at the Wicket: A History of Women's Cricket in Interwar England (2018) is the first in-depth study of the formative years of the game and explains how cricket became a new setting for women’s emancipation after achieving electoral equality in 1928.



I was co-ordinator for The Bedford Centre for Women's History (2016-19) and a convenor for the RH Postgraduate History Seminar (2016-19). You can follow the Bedford Centre on Twitter @RHBedfordCentre, or via our blog.

I was co-organiser for a conference entitled Rethinking Gender: New Perspectives and Future Directions, held in association with the Bedford Centre in June 2017.

I am committee member of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.



HS2001 History of the British Empire, 1763-1900

HS2112 The Victorians: British History, 1837-1901

HS2234 Modern Girls: Women in Britain, c.1914-1990



Educational background

BA (Hons), History – University of Sheffield (2010-2013)

MA by Research, History - Royal Holloway, University of London (2015-2016)

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