Stephanie Appleton

Stephanie is a doctoral researcher in the University of Birmingham’s History department, funded by a School of History and Cultures Scholarship. She completed her MA in Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cultural History of Renaissance England at The Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) in 2009, graduating with distinction, and graduated from the University of Hull in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. Her thesis explores the community networks of early modern Stratford-upon-Avon through evidence drawn from such sources as probate records, parish registers and property title deeds, as well as non-documentary sources such as extant domestic structures and material culture. A particular focus of her work is the position of women in this bustling market town during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: their economic roles; their social networks and the quality of those relationships; patterns of inheritance and testamentary provision; their status as widows, wives or spinsters; and their experience of everyday life.

Stephanie’s other interests in terms of the early modern period are: wills and testamentary provision; affect and friendship; material culture; birth, marriage and death; the experience of privacy and domesticity, and much more besides! She is a proficient palaeographer, and loves working with early modern documents.

Other research projects with which Stephanie is involved include the ‘Shakespeare’s World in 100 Objects’ blog, of which she is a co-founder and contributor. The blog, which introduces items from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s museum collection in relation to the plays and life of William Shakespeare, can be found at

Stephanie joined the EMREM forum as a participant in September 2010 when she began her PhD and found it hugely beneficial not only in terms of academic research, but also for socialising with like-minded, friendly people. She has been a committee member since 2011 and looks forward to welcoming new and returning students with this year’s programme of events.


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