Lecturer, Kingston University.
Claire Hayward is a History PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research explores how same-sex love and relationships are represented in public history, and the way that history is consumed and produced by the public outside of academia. Her thesis focuses specifically on museums, archives, historic houses, monuments and heritage trails, and the way in which they use and tell the history of same-sex love. Her research combines her interests in the history of sexuality and gender, public history, and the way in which history can be used as a political tool today, especially by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Claire has worked on aspects of the history of gender and sexuality throughout her time at Kingston University, where she gained a BA in History in 2010 and an MA in Early Modern History in 2011. Her undergraduate dissertation explored attitudes to and understandings of homosexuality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while her MA thesis focused on female prostitution in the eighteenth century. She also teaches on the undergraduate course 'Private Lives, Public Roles: Sex, Society and Identity in History'.
She became interested in public history during her BA degree where she completed a placement at The National Archives. During her MA at Kingston University, Claire also undertook a placement in the History and Special Topics department of Lion Television, where she researched, wrote and edited proposals to be sent to broadcasters. The Great Train Robbery's Missing Mastermind, the proposal for which she worked on, was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012.
Claire has contributed blog posts and articles to the University of Sheffield's History Matters, The Culture Trip and Notches, which is run in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research's History of Sexuality Seminar. She also has her own blog, Exploring Same-Sex Love in Public History: http://exploringpublichistories.wordpress.com/. She is also a team member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, which like her research, aims to widen public participation in historical research.
|2011||MA History (Early Modern) - Prostitution in the Long 18th century - false perceptions and social failings. Kingston University.|
|2010||BA (Hons) History: Differences in attitudes and understandings towards same-sex relationships in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. Kingston University.|