Honorary Graduate, 10 July 2013 11am - Professor Dame Olwen Hufton FBA

Posted by er134 at Jul 09, 2013 03:25 PM |
Pioneer of social and women’s history who praised Leicester’s Jack Simmons and Ilya Neustadt for supporting her research

Spending her childhood in Oldham, Lancashire, Olwen Hufton received a scholarship to a excellent grammar school and was the only council house child in her form. Nevertheless, she went on to the University of London, led by Alfred Cobban to research popular activism and social change as a doctoral student.  Her interests in social history developed after her first book Bayeux in the Late Eighteenth Century, and in her second – The Poor of Eighteenth Century France – Hufton would concentrate on the modes of survival of the French poor in the 18th century. This was the book that won Hufton the Wolfson Prize and led her into women’s history as women’s record entered a changing historiography.

Hufton went on to take professorships at Harvard and Oxford, accepting a chair at the European University Institute between those appointments.

After Oxford she turned to the dynamic of financing educational and religious social initiatives.

Professor Dame Olwen Hufton FBA will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at this week’s Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 10 July 2013.