The Early Modern Commons

Dr Anne L. Murphy

Recent Posts

Hard working bankers helped create the tyranny of the clock

28 July 2017

The Great Hall of the Bank of England, Thomas Rowlandson, 1808 Are you working against the clock? Struggling to make that next deadline? Operating in an environment of presenteeism...

Taking action against inequality in academia

27 March 2017

In the past couple of weeks I have been at two events celebrating and promoting the careers of women academics. For International Women’s Day (8 March) the School of Humanities...

Women were to blame for the South Sea Bubble (according to men)

9 February 2017

So just how do you reduce the risk of crisis in financial markets? In the aftermath of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, contemporaries reached a firm but controversial conclusion: keep...

Christmas and New Year bonuses for eighteenth-century bankers

31 December 2016

A report produced by the Bank of England over the year from March 1783 to March 1784 shows that gift-giving at Christmas and New Year was regularly observed by customers and the Bank...