ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Abbie, a PhD student in political history at the University of Reading.


I'm also a graduate MA and BA History student from the University of Reading. 

My academic interests lie in women's political history in the early twentieth century, including Nancy Astor, female MPs and the 1924 Conservative Cabinet. 

As well as women's history, I'm also researching Conservatism, citizenship and attitudes to unemployment.

I have recently just finished working with the National Archives' collection of Cabinet Papers for my MA thesis on the Representation of the People Act 1928.

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ACADEMIC PROFILE

BA History - First Class (Hons) - 2019
MA History - Distinction (Hons) - 2021

After joining the University of Reading in 2016 I quickly became interested in women's history. I have written heavily during my degree programmes on women's education, political access, domesticity, military service and employment from 1850-1930. 

I have a particular interest in the working class women of the First World War, in how they navigated shifting societal expectations and opportunities while they themselves remained disenfranchised by the British political system.

My MA dissertation research focused on the Conservative Cabinet's attitude towards equal franchise, and to what extent they were responsible for the delay in the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1928. 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE AND CAREER AIMS

My background and my hopes for the future

Coming from a working class background and growing up in a small seaside town, entering the world of academia was not something I expected from myself. I am passionate that higher education, in its varying formats, should be offered to all who wish to pursue it, regardless of social background, race or location. During my career, I hope to improve prospects for disadvantaged young people who wish to access higher education and give them the confidence to study a subject they love.

During my university education I have worked multiple part-time jobs, balanced study and work experience and a varied social life. I want to reassure students that they can have it all, regardless of where they come from. 

If you're reading this, the likelihood is that you're a bit like me, or at least came from somewhere like I did. Push the boundaries and doors will open! 

As is common in the Humanities, I was unable to secure funding for a PhD in History. However, a generous legacy by a beloved family member has paid for my tuition fees, meaning I am able to start a doctoral programme, although I am still seeking funding for the subsequent years of my programme. 

I have extensive experience working within archives and on public history initiatives. My dream career would be to lecture in history at at post-16 level, but I am equally committed to working within the heritage sector to preserve Britain's history for future generations.

 
 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Me

 

WHAT DEGREES DID YOU DO?

I have completed both a BA and an MA at the University of Reading. I was admitted via an unconditional offer under the university's 'Academic Excellence Scheme', based on my GCSE results, school ranking and county POLAR score. I graduated with a first class BA in History in 2019. I have completed my MA with a distinction but have yet to graduate due to Covid-19.

WHAT AREAS OF HISTORY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

My specialism lies in socio-political history, primarily in 1920s Britain. I am based in the realm of modern British history, but have studied periods from medieval to the modern day throughout my degree. My favourite modules include the exploration of Victorian childhood, the first British female MPs, the history of the Labour Party, the history of piracy and the making of modern Britain. 
I have also studied Colonialism in the context of medicine and genocide, as well as slavery in the USA. 
Most of my coursework pieces focused on how women were involved with the historical contexts of the periods I studied.

WHAT WAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ASTOR 100 PROJECT?

I worked alongside Dr Jacqui Turner and several MA history students towards the centenary of Nancy Astor. I recorded a podcast episode and contributed to a blog post promoted by Reading's Student Union in the run up to the 2019 general election. I have also presented the project's findings to university applicants at selected visit days and open house events.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I would love to further my research on the 1924 Conservative Cabinet in the form of a funded PhD. At the moment, I am being funded by a family member due to a legacy left behind from a family estate. I am seeking further funding, as I am a first generation student, so do not posses the monetary funding to proceed otherwise. Alternatively, I am interested in pursuing careers relating to widening participation in higher education. I have worked as a Student Ambassador for the university for several years, and would like to take the public speaking skills I have learnt to help other first generation students achieve their full potential.

WHY DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?

At the moment, I am coming to the end of a study/career break in the wake of the end of my MA. I have blogged as part of my job at the University of Reading, so have decided to continue at my own leisure while I have time. I will also create some free resources that would have helped me during my studies as an undergraduate. This site also serves as a personal portfolio of my informal writing skills and an opportunity to develop skills in web design and programming.

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU? 

If you have an academic, personal or professional enquiry, feel free to contact me on my Linkedin profile. it contains a full list of my resume and academic achievements thus far. I also keep a Twitter @abbie_tibbott which contains a mix of academic and personal interests. I would love to hear any feedback and answer any questions you may have.