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. I’ve spent many happy hours researching cartographic history 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 was also 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.