Dr Alexander Wakelam

I am a historian of Britain working on what is often called the long eighteenth century (1660-1830) and an affiliated researcher with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. My research explores how people earned a living as well as how they spent their money looking particularly at the lives of women and experiences of debt.

My first book Credit and Debt in Eighteenth-Century England – An Economic History of Debtors’ Prisons was published in July 2020 though I’ve also written on guilds and businesswomen in Birmingham. I also worked on a major outdoor exhibition on the female traders of eighteenth-century London in 2019.

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