Humble History shares the work of historian and writer

Dr Lesley Trotter

who has a special interest in exploring hidden aspects of history, teasing out extraordinary stories from the often mundane records of the everyday lives of people in the past.

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18 Jan 2019

I came across Henry Scott Tuke’s painting The Message early in my research on the Cornish wives ‘left behind’, and I always thought that the scene of a mother with young children seeming to pause in her daily activities to sit and read a letter that had just arrived must have been a familiar occurrence in the homes of the women I was interested in. The mother’s enigmatic expression gives little clue as to what the letter says...

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Cornish wives 'left behind'

In the 19th century many thousands of wives remained in Cornwall while their husbands worked abroad, and I am continuing the research that led to my PhD to explore their experiences and tell their stories. Read more

Remembering the war dead of St Day

As part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore Town Clock in St Day, Cornwall, I am leading a project to research history of this local landmark and the names of the individuals commemorated on the war memorial that forms part of the building. Read more

Hidden treasures from a solicitor's office

A project to catalogue the unknown contents of a large number of archive boxes for a private client is turning into an on-going adventure in history. Opening the next box may reveal anything from an early medieval deed, manorial records, an unusual legal document or the more mundane ephemera of past lives. Read more about my archive services

   ABOUT LESLEY

Lesley is a historian, writer and genealogist. She has a PhD from the University of Exeter and is an Associate of the Institute of Cornish Studies...          Read more

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