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Jody Crutchley

Research Student

Institute of Humanities

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Doctoral Research

Director of Studies: Dr Neil Fleming
Second and Third Supervisors: Dr Stephen Parker; Dr Paddy McNally


‘E is for Empire’: the effect of empire on curricula and educational policy in British elementary schools, 1870-1930


My doctoral research addresses the role of the British Empire in development of the British school system and British curricula. It will contribute to current scholarship and debate that has tended to challenge and extend traditional views of Britons’ experience of empire. Locating educational development within an imperial trajectory will necessitate application of an inter-disciplinary approach, and I will therefore draw heavily on concepts and techniques utilised within the field of the History of Education. This means that I will be utilising a wide range of more unusual historical sources, such as school textbooks, as well as unpublished archival material within my research.

About Jody Crutchley


After completing my degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Durham in 2009, I went on to complete an MSc programme in History of Empires at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My studies focused on the reciprocal and comparative nature of empire, cultural encounters and international history, as well as including a special module on oceanic history in the long nineteenth century in association with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

My Masters thesis was broadly based around qualifying the traditional linear view of British decolonisation policy, using the example of the Maltese islands as a case study. These islands actually took part in an unprecedented referendum to be incorporated into the United Kingdom as a new county; however this attempt at integration did, ultimately, fail. For my research I had the opportunity to use archival material in both The National Archives of London and Rabat in Malta and this meant I was once again able to consider the political and social effects of the attempt at incorporation in both colony and metropole.


Research Interests

Research Interests

My primary research interest is imperial history, particularly within the long nineteenth century, and my foci have tended to be political history and cultural/social encounters. Extending this research area to the domain of education is something that is newer to me; however I am excited to see how imperial cultural representations may manifest themselves within the school curriculum and how domestic education policy may have been influenced by imperial events. I have always been interested in the reciprocal nature of empire, and especially how this has shaped British society. My motivation for my doctoral research is therefore the desire to consider how an imperial legacy has shaped, and continues to shape, our world today.


Conference Papers and Conference Attendance

Conference Papers and Conference Attendance

I will be attending the History of Education Society (UK) Student Conference, June 2013.