Miss Abigail Greenall

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I am a postgraduate researcher who focuses on the early modern British Isles. Broadly speaking, my work explores the emotional landscape of the years between 1500–1700. I am especially interested in beliefs, practices, material culture and everyday life within households in the post-Reformation period. 

I am currently undertaking an ESRC funded PhD in History. My thesis, entitled ‘Nurturing Happiness: Affective Health and Wellbeing in the North West of England, c.1550–1700’, is part of a broader collaborative project with the National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire.


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester in 2017. My BA dissertation ‘Magical Materials and Emotion in the Early Modern East Anglian Household’ received the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize at the Longman–History Today awards in 2018.

After spending a year working for English Heritage, where I developed an interest in visitor experience and public engagement within the heritage sector, I was successful in gaining a 1+3 ESRC studentship in collaboration with the National Trust in 2018.

I returned to the University of Manchester to undertake my Master’s degree, graduating with distinction in 2019. I started work on my PhD in the same year under the supervision of Professor Sasha Handley and Dr Stefan Hanß. I am delighted to be a President’s Doctoral Scholar Award holder for the remainder of my studies here at Manchester.

In the autumn of 2020 I will start a three-month internship at Chorley Council’s Astley Hall, where I shall work with the Arts and Heritage team in their redevelopment of the Hall’s historic interpretation package. 


University of Manchester – Master of Arts, History, Distinction, 2019. 

University of Manchester – Bachelor of Arts, History, First Class, 2017. 

External positions

Internship, Chorley Borough Council


Researcher, The National Trust



  • Early Modern History, Emotion, Material Culture

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