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Dr Leonie Hannan
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • UCL Public and Cultural Engagement
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Leonie Hannan read Modern History at Pembroke College, Oxford and studied for her Masters in ‘Material Culture: European Society, c.1350-1750’ at Royal Holloway, University of London. She completed her PhD in 2009 at the history department at Royal Holloway, University of London. Leonie is an experienced archival historian with a particular interest in gender, intellectual life and the early modern household in the period c.1650-1850. Leonie has worked extensively in museums and heritage and has a strong commitment to making history accessible to wider audiences. As Teaching Fellow in Object Based Learning, Leonie has been able to marry her interests in museum collections and teaching and learning in a higher education context.

Research Summary
Leonie's research interests can be briefly defined as:

   - Social and cultural history and material culture

   - Gender, intellectual life and the early modern household

   -  Epistolary culture in the long eighteenth century

   - The value of object based learning in universities and other education settings.

Teaching Summary

Leonie has taught extensively in both museums and universities on seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century history in the fields of social, cultural, gender, and medical history, and also on architectural history and material culture studies. She has also contributed to diverse museum programmes and spoken on the topic of Public History. As a Teaching Fellow at UCL, Leonie makes connections between a wide range of academic disciplines and the diverse University collections, encouraging the use of museum objects in learning across undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Leonie is course coordinator for Object Lessons: communicating knowledge through collections, a core module for the BA Arts and Sciences (BASc) at UCL.

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