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Hannah Stockton


PhD student

Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research interests

  • historical geography, material culture, eighteenth century studies, imperial histories.

PhD Research
Working Title:  ‘Imperial Thames: London, River and Empire, 1660-1830’.
The AHRC-funded project, working jointly with the Geography and English departments at Queen Mary, and with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, aims to explore the interactions between London, the Thames and empire in the long eighteenth century. As Britain’s largest port in the eighteenth century, the Thames and London, its inhabitants and workers were vital mediators between the metropole and the empire. The project will explore how the Thames itself changed as the nature of the empire and perceptions of it changed, and how literary, visual and material tropes of the Thames played a role in the imagining and re-imagining of England and later Britain’s imperial role.

In working with the museum, I hope to be able to incorporate a wide range of literary, visual and material sources into my study.



  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Academic Background

  • MA History of Design (Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum)
  • BA (Hons) History (Renaissance and Modern) (University of Warwick)



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