I am a historian of long eighteenth-century Britain who focuses on social, leisure, gender, and medical history. My research centres on the history of England's spas and seaside resorts, which grew during this period to become thriving centres for fashionable leisure and pleasure. I am currently preparing a book which draws on this research, titled The Georgians on Holiday: Leisure, Pleasure and Water.
Staying in the realm of the eighteenth-century resort, my latest research focuses on the Masters of Ceremony. Masters of Ceremony were charismatic, flamboyant and often peculiar characters who were appointed to lead the social life of Britain's most successful watering places. The project is a study of the profession and the post-holders.
At Kingston University, as a lecturer in History, I teach British history at undergraduate and masters level.
Lecturer in History
Johnson, Rachael (2017) The Venus of Margate : fashion and disease at the seaside. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40(4), pp. 587-602. ISSN (print) 1754-0194
Johnson, Rachael (2016) 'Now the scene appears chang'd' : Amabel Countess De Grey, lifecycles and the visitor experience of English watering places, 1775-1826. Cultural and Social History, 13(2), pp. 179-194. ISSN (print) 1478-0038