Dr Sarah Goldsmith

Lecturer in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century British Urban History

Contact DetailsSarah Goldsmith

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1410
  • Email: sarah.goldsmith@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 25, Marc Fitch House, 3-5 Salisbury Road, LE1 7QR, Leicester
  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2019-20): Monday 10.00 am - 11.00 am and Wednesday 10.00 am - 11.00 am (These will be held in Dr Richard Butler's Office, Room 23.)


I am a historian of the long eighteenth century, with an interest in the histories of masculinity, gender, travel, the body, emotion, and elite culture and formation. My early research explored the eighteenth-century Grand Tour through analysing the role played by experiences of danger, risk and hardship in the formation of elite masculine identities. Since 2016, I have begun a new Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Embodying the Aristocrat: A History of the Eighteenth-Century Elite Male Body’. This research responds to recent claims by gender historians that studies of eighteenth-century masculinity are ‘disembodied’. Using an interdisciplinary approach and detailed case studies of richly documented families, my project identifies the body’s importance to elite eighteenth-century masculinity by reconstructing men’s physical world, experiences and attitudes towards their bodies. Since 2018, I have been an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. I enjoy working with BBC Radio 3, the V&A and other institutions, and disseminating my research to public.


I studied undergraduate and masters History at the University of Nottingham, before spending two years working in the museum industry. My AHRC-funded PhD (2011-2015) on the Grand Tour, danger and masculinity was supervised by Dr Catriona Kennedy at the University of York. I joined the University of Leicester in 2016, and between 2016-2019, was a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the School of History and the Centre for Urban History. Since September 2019, I have stepped into a new role as a Lecturer in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century British Urban History.


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