Penelope Harris

Penelope Harris, MA, MHMA, PhD, a retired Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management, based her doctoral thesis on the architect Joseph Hansom and the changing nature of architecture between 1820 and 1860. This built upon previous research, which led to a preliminary biography, Architectural Achievements of Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1882), Designer of the Hansom Cab, Birmingham Town Hall, and Churches of the Catholic Revival (2010). A comparative newcomer to architectural history, she has long been an enthusiastic member of both the Victorian Society and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and was a founder member of the volunteer editor group looking at Llanfyllin Workhouse for The National Archives. She has published several articles on Hansom, the latest being "Was Anglesey the birthplace of Birmingham Town Hall?" Georgian Group, Vol. XXVI (2018): 227-246 and "An Anglo-French Enterprise: The Hansom architects and the Clifford family," Transactions of the Ancient Monument Society, 61 (2017): 92-123. The history of medicine is another area of interest, and in the longer term she plans a re-write of her Masters dissertation on seventeenth-century apothecaries.


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