My name is Caroline – welcome to Flickering Lamps! Here you’ll find writing and photographs about the sort of history that passes many by – the history in our surroundings. I’m really interested in exploring how buildings, monuments and spaces reflect the attitudes, values and stories from the time they were created, and how their uses and meanings have changed over time. I especially enjoy exploring graveyards and old buildings looking for the stories they tell, and I’m often to be found with my trusty camera snapping the beautiful and fascinating places I come across.
I’m originally from Lancashire, but have been living and working in London since 2011. I am a doctoral student in the History Department at Birkbeck, University of London – my research focuses on the development of civic pride, local identities and democracy in London’s localities between 1889 and 1939.
Both my undergraduate dissertation and Master’s thesis focused on the early to mid Victorian period, with a particular emphasis on regional and civic identities. I also have a particular interest in women’s history, architecture (especially Gothic and Romanesque), the Middle East and Central Asia, attitudes and symbolism relating to death, working class histories and identities, art history and archaeology. It was archaeology that particularly piqued my interest in the past as a child – I was inspired by the stories of the raising of the Mary Rose, and of the discovery of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, and the television programmes Meet the Ancestors and Time Team were among my favourites.
It’s thanks to the encouragement of the wonderful members of London Historians that this website exists – they are an excellent group of people who do a great deal to encourage those interested in London’s history, whether they be tour guides, bloggers, academics, authors or simply those wishing to learn more about London’s extraordinary history.
After trying out the crowdfunding platform Patreon for a few months I made the decision that it wasn’t really the right platform to use to support Flickering Lamps – thank you to those of you who came along for the ride for the support! I have never had plans to use this website to make money, but if you would like to make a small contribution to help with the costs of web hosting, you can make a small one-off donation here: Buy Me A Coffee.
From time to time I have joined the lovely people at Cemetery Club as an occasional guest contributor to their blog about all things burial grounds. You can read all of my Cemetery Club posts by clicking here, or on any of the direct article links listed below:
Cemetery Club run some wonderful tours of burial grounds – check out their events page here.
Prior to the launch of Flickering Lamps in 2014, I blogged (rather intermittently) over at Historical Trinkets. You might have come here from a link on that site. Thank you to everyone who has supported Historical Trinkets, be it through blogs or Twitter, and I hope that you’ll enjoy Flickering Lamps too.
If you would like to get in touch with me, please use the contact form below.