A Fashionable Business
Discover more about women working as seamstresses, mantua-makers, and milliners in seventeenth and eighteenth century London.
I am delighted to announce that I have been offered a Women’s History Network Fellowship for Early Career Researchers for the academic year 2020-2021. This fellowship will fund an exciting new project that I will be undertaking over the next twelve months entitled ‘Shops on the Strand: women in business in early modern Westminster, 1600-1740’.Continue reading “*NEW* research project – Shops on the Strand”
Such charms are there in affability, and so sure is it to attract the praises of all kinds of people. It may indeed be compared to the celebrated Mrs Hussey.* It is equally sure to set off every female perfection to the highest advantage, and to palliate and conceal every defect […]. * A celebratedContinue reading “Fact or fiction? Amy Hussey (fl. 1740s)”
Rachel Erskin was a seamstress working on the Royal Exchange for more than fifty years in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Erskin was the middle of three daughters of William Erskin, a Doctor of Divinity. He died in Norfolk in 1657, bequeathing her £150 and a ‘parcell of rings and Jewells as theyContinue reading “Rachel Erskin (fl. 1658 – 1718)”