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Dr David Hussey

Dr David Hussey

Head of Department: History, Politics and War Studies

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 32 2481
  • Location Mary Seacole Building, WV1 1AN
  • Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Institute School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
  • Areas of expertise

    Single people, consumption and the home - long c18th; masculinity and sexuality (c17th-c19th); trade, culture and urban development (c16th-c19th)

Dr David Hussey is the Head of Department of History, Politics and War Studies.

He undertook his undergraduate and masters work at the University of Leeds focusing on C16th rebellion and religion and subsequently progressed to complete his doctoral research on C17th and C18th trade at the University of Wolverhampton. 

His interests are focused upon trade, consumption, the home, material culture and gender in the long eighteenth century. 

He has published widely in these areas. His principal works include Coastal and River Trade in pre-industrial England (Exeter University Press, 2001); Buying for the Home: Shopping for the Domestic from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Ashgate, 2008) [ed. with M. Ponsonby]; Teaching Gender and Sexualities (CSAP, Birmingham, 2011) [ed. with M. Mirza]; and The Single Homemaker and Material Culture in the long Eighteenth Century (Ashgate, 2012).  He is currently working on the cultural history of the home in the Enlightenment for Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2017).

David Hussey’s research interests are in the early modern period and focus predominantly upon trade (and especially internal trade); consumption of goods; the construction and cultural apprehension of the home; material culture; singleness; and gender, in particular the construction(s) of masculinity, sexuality and singleness in the long eighteenth century.

PhD supervision 

Completed supervisions:

  • The Material Culture of the Household: Consumption and Domestic Economy in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
  • The Ownership of Goods and Cultures of Consumption in Ludlow, Hereford and Tewkesbury, 1660-1760.
  • Association for History and Computing
  • History:UK (HE)
  • History SOTL: The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and learning in History
  • PhD, University of Wolverhampton
  • MA, British History, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons), History, University of Leeds

'The cultural history of the home in the eighteenth century' (Bloomsbury: 2017, forthcoming).

'Singleness, material culture and the urban home in the long eighteenth century' in J. de Groot, ed., Singles in the City (Palgrave: 2015) [with M. Ponsonby].

'Leisure and Industry: The Hotwell and the Port of Bristol, 1750-1850' in S. Poole, ed., A City Built upon the Water (Bristol: Redcliffe/Regional History Centre, UWE, 2013).

'The Single Homemaker and Material Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century' (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012) [with Margaret Ponsonby].

'From the temple of Hygeia to the sordid devotees of Pluto. The Hotwell and Bristol: resort and port in the eighteenth century' in P. Borsay and J. Walton, eds, Resorts and Ports: European Seaside Towns since 1700 (Bristol: Channel View Publications, 2011).

'Teaching Gender and Sexualities in the Twenty-First Century (Birmingham: CSAP Monograph 13, 2011) [ed. with M. Mirza].

'The coastal trade of the Somerset ports in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' in A. Webb, ed., The Maritime History of Somerset (Taunton: SANHS, 2010).

'Buying for the Home: shopping for the domestic from the seventeenth century to the present' (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) [ed. with Margaret Ponsonby].

'Guns, Horses and Stylish waistcoats? Male consumer activity and domestic shopping in late C18th and C19th England' in Buying for the Home (as above).

'Coastal and River Trade in Pre-Industrial England' (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2001).

'"Metropolis of the west"? Bristol and its domestic hinterland, 1680-1730' in. P. Wardley ed., Bristol Historical Resource CD-ROM (Bristol: University of the West of England Press, 2000).

'The Gloucester Port Books Database, 1575-1765' on CD-ROM (Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 1998) [ed. with N.C. Cox and G.J. Milne].

'Investigating regional economies: the Gloucester Portbooks Database' in Charles Harvey and Jon Press, eds, Databases in Historical Research: Theory, Methods, and Applications (London: MacMillan, 1996), pp. 14-21. [with Peter Wakelin].

'The Gloucester Coastal Port Books, 1575-1765: A summary' (Wolverhampton: University of Wolverhampton, 1995) [with G.J. Milne, A.P. Wakelin and M.D.G. Wanklyn].

Teaching interests

  • Level 6: Consumption and the World of Goods
  • Level 6: History Independent Study
  • Level 5: Sex and the City: Sexuality in the long eighteenth century
  • Level 4: Early Modern England
  • Level 4: The Making of Modern Britain
  • Level 4: The Pursuit of History
  • PhD supervision

External academic roles

  • External Examiner, Newman University, Birmingham, 2005-2011
  • Referee, Evaluator and Rapporteur for Research Grants and programmes, ESRC; Leverhulme Trust
  • Book Evaluator and referee for Ashgate, Redcliffe Press
  • Reviews for EH:net