Jane Cessford

Jane CessfordDetails

  Division: History

  Email: jane.cessford@stir.ac.uk

  Telephone: 07736799075


Title of research topic

“Women in Glasgow under the New Poor Law between 1861 and 1901”.

This Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project is exploring how women were treated under the New Poor Law in Glasgow between 1861 and 1901, through the analysis of Poor Law applications made by women who were on their own (more specifically, women who were not supported by men, or male relatives), and how this treatment affected their ability to cope with poverty. Poor relief was used as a coping strategy by women in times of need, with applications being made when they found themselves in impoverished circumstances and no other financial option was available to them. Through recording the information found in the Glasgow City parish Poor Law application forms held in the Glasgow City Archives, of women who were on their own in the month of May in the census years covering 1861 to 1901 in a database, this investigation will enable the wealth of data in the applications to be addressed. Analysing the New Poor Law from this gendered perspective allows an understanding of the way in which the marginalised female, a woman living without the assistance of a male who is part of a recognised vulnerable group, but of which no significant study has been done as yet, coped with the experience of poverty and illuminates the extent to which the New Poor Law aided the female pauper.


AHRC funded MRes in Historical Research (with Merit), University of Stirling, 2012-2013.

BA (Hons) First Class in English Studies and History, University of Stirling, 2008-2012.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in social history, particularly the day-to-day coping methods used by the impoverished in modern British and European history. I am also interested in the links between poverty, housing, disease and mortality, and the impact they have on the family unit.

Further information 

My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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