Amy Solomons

Postgraduate Research Student


I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a BA Honours in English and History. I completed an MSc in Information Management and Preservation (Distinction) from 2018-2019 at the University of Glasgow. 

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Books for Everyone? National Trust Libraries and their Reading Communities in the Long Eighteenth Century"

My thesis examines country house libraries for evidence of shared reading practices across the long eighteenth century. I am specifically interested in interactions women and children had with the libraries and any evidence of engagement with eighteenth-century texts. My research analyses the space of country house libraries and books to counter current suggestions that libraries in the long eighteenth century were masculine spaces.

The thesis is a collaboration with the National Trust. Case studies used within my study include: Dunham Massey, Erddig, Lyme Park, Nostell Priory, Tatton Park and Townend.

I am interested in the history of the book, and, in particular, the history of women’s reading and writing from circa. 1600-1800. A major aspect of my research is country houses and the history of country house libraries and reading. This involves researching the broader social, political and religious context of the period. Other influences on my research include the history of archives and recordkeeping, the intersection between archival theory and practice and creating catalogues with searchable copy-specific information.

Research Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) – Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA).