In March 2021, Misha Ewen joined Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that looks after six palaces including Hampton Court and the Tower of London, as its first Curator for Inclusive History. What attracted her to the post was the opportunity to reshape the narrative of these historic sites through the inclusion of different voices, examination of alternate archives, and excavation of other stories. In this paper, Misha discusses how her work researching and disseminating these stories has developed, including the gains to be had by bringing social history to bear on the early modern palace.
Dr Misha Ewen is an historian of early modern England and its empire in the Atlantic world. Before she joined Historic Royal Palaces, Misha held a Hallsworth Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester and postdoctoral position at the University of Kent. Her first book, The Virginia Venture: American Colonization and English Society, 1580-1660, is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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