The Team

The Pets and Family Life Project was run by a team of researchers from Royal Holloway and the University of Manchester.



Professor Jane Hamlett works on the history of the family and private life and material and visual cultures in Victorian and Edwardian England. Her books include a history of the material culture of the middle-class home and a study of the material life of lunatic asylums, lodging houses and schools. Little Kim, pictured here, is one of her two cats.





JM and Pep


Professor Julie-Marie Strange has wide ranging research interests including cultures of death and bereavement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and fatherhood and attachment in Victorian and Edwardian working-class culture. She was recently worked on an AHRC funded project on Victorian Dog fancy. The photograph shows her on the beach with her dog Pepper.


Lesley rotated


Dr Lesley Hoskins has a background in design history
and historical geography, and has worked for some time on the history of unexceptional British homes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For her PhD (Department of Geography QMUL, 2011) she examined nineteenth-century domestic cultures in England and Wales through the lens of a series of household inventories. Since then she has been a researcher on several projects which have broadened my interests to take in institutional as well as private residential environments. This is Lesley and her dog Max in Cornwall.


Cucumber 1



Dr Rebecca Preston researches landscape and the built environment, especially different kinds of living space in 19th- and 20th-century Britain, and has a particular interest in the relationship of people to place.  Recent research projects include prisons (for Dr Rosalind Crone at The Open University, 2015–16) and pubs (Historic England, 2014–15). This is Rebecca in her garden at home with her pet guinea pig, Cucumber.



Luke with cat


Dr Luke Kelly’s research focuses on humanitarian and charitable work in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, and particularly Quaker work. He has published articles on famine relief and refugees. Since finishing his PhD(Manchester, 2013), he has conducted research on the British NGO Merlin and child migration to Canada in the Victorian period. He is shown here on holiday befriending a cat.




Elle Larsson is a PhD student based at King’s College London and the Natural History Museum. Her current research examines the work of Lord Walter Rothschild, the eccentric zebra-driving founder of the Zoological Museum at Tring, to explore the world of nineteenth century animal collection and zoology. Elle is pictured here with one of her two cats, Amber.