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Mrs. Leach's Antiquarian Academy

Georgian lady antiquarian ‘Mrs. Leach’ holds events that explore everyday life and death in the 18th - early 19th centuries, through accessible & entertaining talks, tours & workshops, and other events and resources. Inspired by tutors of this time - who opened their homes to pupils, styling these establishments as 'Schools' and 'Academies' - she holds events at her own 'Academy', as well as at historical sites.

She plans to hold several events between Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 that celebrate the Jane Austen bicentenary by focusing on the Regency era. 

'Mrs. Leach’ (Dr Kirsten Jarrett, BA (Hons.). MA, PhD, Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology), began teaching in Further and Higher Education in 2000, and has since taught for the WEA, and Adult & Continuing Education Departments at the University of Nottingham, Keele University, and the University of Oxford. 

She has conducted extensive research on domestic life; death and burial; and ritual and belief, publishing academic and popular works, and has presented her research at national and international conferences.

Previously specialising in the late prehistoric, Roman and early medieval periods, she has in recent years turned her attention to the post-medieval period (16th - 20th centuries), with a particular interest in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially with regard to her home county of Derbyshire.

Kirsten also runs several community archaeology and public history projects, including ‘Living in the Past’, which surveys houses and gardens in and around Derby, England; ‘Malefic Midlands’, which surveys evidence for post-medieval folk beliefs and practices in the English Midlands; and ‘Past Sense’, which aims to use historical and archaeological studies of violence in the home, as  trauma therapy.

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