Miss Katie Carpenter

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Research Interests

My research interests focus broadly on society and culture in modern Britain, particularly the history of science, material culture studies and the history of women and gender. 

My PhD project, entitled ‘The Kitchen as Scientific Space in England, 1870 to 1914', is looking at the English middle-class home and what can be learnt about contemporary understandings of science from its analysis. It explores how ordinary people used science in their daily kitchen tasks, and analyses how the meanings of science and technology were appropriated in domestic space.



2014 MA Modern History (Distinction) RHUL

2013 BA History (First Class) RHUL


Funding and Awards

2016 Agnodike Research Travel Fellowship, Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine 

2016 Friendly Hand: St Thérèse de Lisieux Annual Bursary

2015 Postgraduate Speaker Conference Bursary, History of Education Society

2014-2017 Reid Scholarship, Doctoral Funding 

2013-2014 Friendly Hand Bursary

2013-2014 Herringham Masters Scholarship


Research Papers Presented

‘Material Culture and the Meanings of Food Preparation Technology in Britain, c. 1870-1938’, Food and Drink as Symbols: Historical Perspectives, Pedagogoical University of Krakow, Krakow, Poland, 27-28 October 2017. 

‘The Life-Cycle of a Marmalade Machine: An Analysis of Objects for Food Preparation, c. 1870-1950’, Food History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, 28 September 2017.

‘The Life-Cycle of the Marmalade Cutter in Britain, 1870- Present day’, Postgraduate History Departmental Seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London, 21 September 2017.

 ‘Nothing could be more useful in the kitchen than this valuable invention’: An Analysis of Kitchen Gadgets Made by Follows and Bate Ltd, c. 1860 onwards’, British Association of Victorian Studies Annual Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 22-24 August 2017.

’Gadgets in the Kitchen: An Analysis of Objects from the Late Victorian and Edwardian Kitchen’, Social History Society Annual Conference, UCL Institute of Education and Institute of Historical Research, 4-6 April 2017.

‘Scientific Expertise and the Representation of Housework in Women’s Writings, 1850-1950’, Annual Postgraduate Study Day, The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London, 8 November 2016.

‘Remembering Housework: Autobiographies, Domestic Life and Science’, British Women Writers Conference, University of Hull, 24th June 2016.

'The Educated Housewife: Science, Women and Housework in Britain, 1870-1914', History of Education Summer School, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 11th June 2016.

'Housework, Science and the Construction of Female Identity in Autobiographies, c.1850-1950', History Departmental Postgraduate Research Forum, Royal Holloway, University of London, 27th April 2016.

'Inferior Minds and Dirty Bodies: the Domestic Servant in Advice Literature', TECHNE (AHRC) Student Conference, Barbican Centre, London, 27th November 2015.

'Knowledge and Expertise of Mistress and Servant in the English Kitchen, 1870 to 1914', History of Education Society Annual Conference: Science, Technology and Material Culture, Liverpool Hope University, 20th November 2015.

'The Scientific Housewife: Women and Science in the English Kitchen, 1870-1914', Science, Society and the State Conference, University of Nottingham, 4th September 2015.



'An Introduction to Material Culture Theory', Workshop (1 hour), TECHNE (AHRC) Archive Fever Student Congress, University of Brighton, 9th July 2015.


Posters Presented

TECHNE (AHRC) Student Conference, Barbican Centre, London, 27th November 2015. Winner.

History Department Postgraduate Poster Display, Royal Holloway, University of London,  24th September 2015.

HARC Poster Form, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2nd June 2015. Joint First Place.



Royal Holloway


HS2212 The Victorians: British History 1837-1901 (one term; 2015, 2016)

Public Speaking for First Year Historians (two-day event; 2016)

Course leader and tutor



I have guest taught on:

HS5647 Looking at the Victorians: Visual and Material Culture in Britain, 1837-1901

HS5233 The Material Culture of Homelife: European Households, 1400-1850


Loughborough University

History Undergraduate Dissertation Workshops (Two-day event, 2015)


Teaching Papers Presented

'Dual Mentorship: How Academics Can Help Postgraduates to Help Undergraduates Develop Final Year Dissertations’ Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement, Annual Conference, Loughborough University, 8-9 September 2016. 

‘Public Speaking for First-Year Historians: Engaging Undergraduates with Presentation Skills’, Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement, Annual Conference, Loughborough University, 8-9 September 2016.

'Learning by Teaching: A Postgraduate Perspective', The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, Melbourne, 29th October 2015. Co-written with Sean Jinks. Via video-link. 

'Dual Mentorship: How Academics Can Help Postgraduates to Help Undergraduates Develop Final Year Dissertations', Teaching History in Higher Education Conference, Institute of Historical Research, London, 8th September 2015. Presented with Marcus Collins, Deena Ingham and Jenna Townend. Co-written with Maximillian Drephal, Sean Jinks, Sofia Mali, Milica Prokic and Katy Roscoe. 


Administrative Positions

2015-Present Co-ordinator for Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture


Community Outreach

2013 'Bracknell and the Great War', Project Researcher, Bracknell Forest library Services.


Professional Memberships

British Association of Victorian Studies (2016-)

Social History Society (2016-)




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