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Jane Hamlett is Reader in Modern British History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She studied History at Mansfield College Oxford, before taking the MA in Women's and Gender History at Royal Holloway. An undergraduate course in Baroque architecture sparked her interest in the material world, and this, combined with a growing enthusiasm for the history of gender, led to a PhD at RHUL. Her doctorate explored the relationship between the material culture of the middle-class home and what it meant to be male or female in Victorian and Edwardian England.
After her PhD, she worked as a Lecturer at Balliol College Oxford and the University of Manchester, and on research projects on the supermarket and families and small businesses. In 2008 she was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester, to write her first book, Material Relations: Families and Domestic Interiors in England 1850-1910, published by MUP in 2010. On returning to RHUL, she led the ESRC-funded At Home in the Institution Project, examining the influence of notions of home on different kinds of institutional space. Her second monograph, At Home in the Institution: Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.