Since I finished my teaching for this year at Lancaster, I’ve been keeping busy in several ways.  For one thing, I’ve taken a more hands on role in home schooling my daughter – so far it’s mainly been English Literature and science, but we’ll start feeding the history and music back in after half term.  I’m quite looking forward to learning about the American West! 

I’ve also compiled a report on the responses to the Lancaster Castle MOOC, on which I was a mentor last autumn.  It was a rather different experience to what I’ve done in the last few years, as I was using the data to create graphs and statistics as well as analysing the responses qualitatively.

The move to online work due to coronavirus has also opened up opportunities to attend lots of seminars that I would normally miss, only I keep forgetting about some of them.  I’ve been to a couple of the Digital Humanities Hangouts hosted at Lancaster and the Tudor Music Coffee Mornings, though.  This week I’m looking forward to an early modern reading group this week too – we’ve been reading Jennifer Richards’ Voices and Books, which I’ve found really interesting and potentially useful for my work on the Pilgrimage of Grace.  It certainly reflects my feelings about the importance of how texts were performed in early modern England.  More on that later, maybe. Things I keep forgetting about include the Historical Association’s Virtual Branch and the online seminar series hosted by St Anne’s College, Oxford…