I’m Anna. I’m studying for a PhD in Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. My background is in urban history, and my PhD is about the printing and publishing industries in Edinburgh c.1880-1920, with a focus on mapmakers and the development of spatial knowledge. In 2014-15, I’ve largely been carrying out research in the National Library of Scotland’s wonderful Bartholomew Archive. You can find out more about my PhD on the Academic Research page of this site.
I started this blog in 2011 – as a keen student arts journalist, I needed a way to showcase my writing. Nowadays I spend more time in archives than at exhibitions, but I do gladly take commissions when I have time, and I’m especially keen to bring my academic work to a wider audience. I’ve recently been working on a project called At Home in Scotland: Stories of Place, which has provided storytelling training (and more!) for researchers, helping them communicate their research in an accessible manner. The At Home in Scotland blog, which I managed, ran from May to September 2014, with weekly posts reflecting on research, stories, and public engagement.
I currently write regular book reviews and exhibition reviews for Aesthetica. I’ve also written for the Scottish Book Trust, Fest (where I also spent a happy summer as web editor), The Oyster’s Earrings, and The Music Factory, as well as having served as Editor-in-chief, Art editor, and Music editor of The Student, Edinburgh University’s student newspaper.
I love cycling, early mornings, maps (of course), and chai tea.