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Mr Douglas Watson

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


BA (Hons) History (University of Plymouth, 2009)
Master of Research (MRes) History (with Distinction) (University of Plymouth, 2012)
PhD submitted March 2017, Thesis defended successfully July 2017

Professional membership

Member of the Royal Historical Society (RHS)
Member of the Economic History Society (EHS)
Member of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR)
Member of the Operational Research Society (ORS)
Member of the Royal Economic Society (RES)
Member of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)

Teaching interests

Revolutionary History
History of the Non-European World
Nineteenth Century History
The History of Mechanics' Institutes

Research interests

Political, Social and Cultural History of the British Working Classes,
History of Mechanics' Institutes, Education, Science and Technology,
History of Literacy, Language, Libraries and Print Culture,
History of the Industrial Revolution, History of Scotland,
History of Parliament & Law,
History of Social Policy, the Third Sector and the Welfare State,
Economic History,
General Research Methodology.

Other academic activities


“'What can be expected of the child of the slut, the gossip and the dram drinker': Mechanics' Institutes and the Victorian Ideal of the Working-Class Female”
(Paper Presented at Plymouth Soundings: Plymouth University Nineteenth Century Studies Conference. Plymouth, UK. 2015)

“’The Road to Learning’: Re-Evaluating the Mechanics’ Institutes Movement”
(Paper Presented at the History of Education Society Annual Conference. Exeter, UK. 2013)

“’The Daring Arm of Enterprise’: Devonport Mechanics’ Institute in a National Context”
(Paper Presented at the Devon and Cornwall Records Society AGM. Exeter, UK. 2013)

"The Battle of Plymouth Hoe: Victorian science, the Devonport Mechanics' Institute and a Flat Earth theorist."
(Paper Presented as Part of the Historical Association Lecture Series. Plymouth, UK. 2012)