Progressive Ideals and the Promotion of ‘High’ Culture: Classical Music in British Adult Education, c.1945-1965
Supervisor: Matthew Grimley
My research relates developments in the arts to broader intellectual and political trends within modern British history. Currently, I am investigating the relationship between progressive political ideals and ideas about ‘high’ culture, by examining the promotion of classical music within adult education between the mid 1940s and the mid 1960s. Focusing on a number of prominent musical figures - including composers, musicologists, administrators, and instrumentalists - who were involved with adult education during this period, my doctorate challenges conventional accounts of cultural change in Britain between the Second World War and the ‘sixties’.
I am based at Wolfson College, where I held a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities between 2014 and 2017. Since 2015-16, I have taught the Further Subject 'Britain at the Movies: Film and National Identity Since 1914', and I have also contributed to the lecture circus for the 'History of the British Isles VII: Since 1900' outline paper. Details of my professional training and public engagement activity can be found on my LinkedIn profile.