Richard Hall


BA (Hons) Music; MA Contemporary History

Title of Dissertation:

A Social and Emotional History of Fathers and Sons in Britain, 1945-1970.

About Me:

I am currently working on a PhD at the University of Cambridge, entitled A Social and Emotional History of Fathers and Sons in Britain, 1945-1970. My interests include histories of the family, masculinity, emotions, and modern social and cultural history more broadly. Before moving to Cambridge I completed an MA in Contemporary History at the University of Sussex and I have a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Liverpool. In the 20 years between my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I had a successful career in the advertising and marketing industries, and I remain a communications consultant for not-profit organisations.


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Working Men’s Clubs: Past, Present and Future.

At the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club this week, you can groove all night at the Disco 54 Festive Freakout, do your Christmas shopping at The Satanic Flea Market’s ANTICHRISTmas, or experience the delights of ‘alien burlesque’ at May The Farce Be With You. All this at a venue cosily...


Corbyn, Blair and Emotional History

Before the drama of this weekend unfolded, an article in the Independent commented on the emotional politics of the Labour leadership campaign. Written by a psychiatrist, it cautioned that the characterisation of Jeremy Corbyn’s Leftist ideals as “emotional”, and his opponents’ centrist proposals as “rational”, wilfully fails to acknowledge the...


Provision and Protection: Pressures of Fatherhood

As a new father I’ve become, amongst other things, a regular reader of NCT Matters, the quarterly magazine of the National Childbirth Trust. The most recent edition was a Father’s Day special, celebrating the ‘active and important’ role of dads bringing up their children. This might suggest a welcome progression...