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Caitriona Beaumont

Prof. Caitriona Beaumont

Director of Research; Professor of Social History

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Prof Caitríona Beaumont is Director of Research for the School of Law and Social Sciences and Professor of Social History in the Division of Social Sciences. Caitríona was awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in History and Politics (1988) and a MA in Modern Irish History (1989) from University College Dublin, Ireland. In 1997 she was awarded a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick, UK. Having spent a year teaching social history at the University of Glasgow (1997-1998), Caitríona joined London South Bank University as a Lecturer in History in September 1998.

Caitríona works on the history of female activism, female networks and women’s movements in Ireland and Britain throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Here she explores how large voluntary organisations for women, for example the Mothers’ Union and Women’s Institutes, campaigned on behalf of women and argues that these groups must be included in histories of the women’s movement. Her first book Housewives and Citizens: Domesticity and the Women’s Movement in England 1928-1964 was published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

She is currently working on a number of new projects. The first traces the history of housewives’ associations in Britain into the late twentieth century and considers how these groups interacted with the Women’s Liberation Movement and its aftermath. The second is a collaborative project, entitled ‘The Expertise of Experience in Twentieth Century Britain’, working with 16 academics across the UK and Ireland. The third project is a study of how housewives’ associations have supported middle-aged and older women to age well in late twentieth century Britain.

In February 2018, Caitriona made a short film with Channel 4 News, as they marked the 100th year anniversary of the partial extension of the parliamentary franchise to women in the UK.

Current Teaching Responsibilities:

Module Leader:
  • Issues in Criminal Justice History (BA (Hons) History/BSc (Hons) Criminology): Level 5
  • Bullets and Borders: Northern Ireland in British History (BA (Hons) History/BA (Hons) Politics): Level 5
  • Politics and Protest (BA (Hons) History/BA (Hons) Politics/BSc (Hons) Criminology/BSc (Hons) Sociology): Level 6
  • Female Activism: Past and Present (BA (Hons) History/BA (Hons) Politics): Level 6
Current PhD Supervision:
  • (with Professor Val Gillis, University of Westminster), Andrea Colquhoun: ‘Constructions of commitment for older women in their relationships with men’, Director of Studies
  • (with Dr Charlotte Clements), Peter Jones: ‘Public Health in the London Borough of Bermondsey in the interwar years’, Second Supervisor
  • (with Dr Lisa Pine), Imran Mohammad: ‘Attitudes towards Appeasement Policy in Britain: a regional approach’, Second Supervisor
  • (with Dr Shaminder Takhar), Sarah Merton, ‘Body Positive: Activism and Agency in our Screen Societies’, Second Supervisor
PhD Completions:
  • Police decision-making in rape investigations: Exploring the barriers to reform (Emma Williams, LSBU, 2018). Director of Studies.
  • ”Not our cup of tea”: nation, empire and the Irish Question in English Feminism in the 1970s and 1980s’ (Ann Rossiter, LSBU, 2005). Second Supervisor.
  • Women Workers and Trade Union Participation in Scotland 1919-1939 (Julie Arnot, University of Glasgow, 1999). Second Supervisor.

Caitríona is interested in supervising PhD and MRES students on a range of topics including social history, women’s history, criminal justice history, histories of female activism and women’s movements and the history of gender equality and women’s rights.  Please email her on if you would like to discuss a research proposal for a PhD/MRES with her further.

Caitríona has a long track record of publishing journal articles, chapters in books, magazine and newspaper articles, and blogs on topics linked to the history of female activism, feminism, women’s organisations and the women’s movement. She also presents her work at national and international conferences on a regular basis. Recent papers include:

  • Housewives’ Associations, Collective Experience and Voluntary Action: How wives and mothers influenced social policy reform through ‘experiential expertise’ in post-war Britain
    History of Experience: Methodologies and Practices, Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX), Tampere University, Finland, 2-4 March 2020.
  • Invited paper: Female Networks, voluntary action and identity in late twentieth century England: The Mothers’ Union and female activism 1960 to 1980 
    Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Co-Transformation: Perspectives from Eastern and Western Europe, 1970-2000, Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies, TU Dresden and the University of Vienna, Germany, 9-10 January 2020.
  • Invited paper: Article 41.2: What is it good for? Context, comparisons and contradictions
    Working for the Home: Past and Present, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 15 February 2019.
  • Invited paper: Failure or Success? Women, Citizenship and Gender Equality in Ireland, 1930 to 1970
    Political Voices: the Participation of Women in Irish Public Life, 1918-2018, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 12 December 2018.
  • Invited keynote: The aftermath of suffrage: female networks, activism and women’s rights in the Irish Free State, 1918-37
    Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of Votes for Women, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, 3 May 2018.
  • Invited keynote: Housewives’ associations and the concept of democratic citizenship in campaigns for women’s rights
    100 Years+ of the Women's Movement in Kent, Sussex and Surrey, Community Workshop, University of Kent, 8 December 2018.
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Membership of Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Social History Society
  • Women’s History Network
  • Voluntary Action History Society (VAHS)
  • Irish Association for Women’s History

Caitríona is a committee member of the Voluntary Action History Society and sits on the Editorial Board for the journals Contemporary British History and Local Economy. She is a Consultant Editor for the Gender: Identity and Social Change project for the publisher Adam Matthew

Caitríona reviews book proposals and manuscripts for Manchester University Press and Liverpool University Press. She is a peer reviewer for the academic journals Twentieth Century British History, Gender and History, Women’s History Review, History of Education and Historical Research. She writes book reviews for a range of journals including Women’s History Review, Twentieth Century British History, Northern Scotland, Reviews in History and Saothar.

She has acted as a consultant for television programmes including Lucy Worsley’s 100 Years of the WI (BBC 2, 2015) and appeared as an expert on gender for ITV London News feature, 15 February 2016.

In February 2018 she made a short film with Channel 4 News to mark the centenary of the women’s suffrage in Britain and Ireland.