My name is Hanna Steyne Chamberlin and I am a part-time PhD research student at the University of Manchester. I did my undergraduate degree in archaeology at UCL followed by an MA in maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton. Since then I have worked as a maritime archaeologist in commercial archaeology and heritage management in the UK and Australia.
My PhD research investigates the social and economic impacts and effects of the Thames Embankment construction on working-class riverside residents. I am particularly interested in breaking down the modernist dualisms of land vs. river and culture vs. nature that have dominated the research narrative on sanitation, Victorian Improvement and the Thames Embankments. I’m interested in using assemblage theory approaches to tackle a waterside urban community, which will enable the exploration of social relationships between people, things, places, weather and animals in creating senses of ‘place’ and ‘community’. My research will use approaches and sources commonly used by terrestrial, historical, industrial and maritime archaeologists, combining archaeological material, the historic built environment and historical sources.
The title of this blog reflects the situation of the urban Thames riverside; one foot firmly in the city of London and one more squelchily in the foreshore mud. It also reflects my non-PhD life where my favourite activities regularly involve muddy feet.
My research is funded by a the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP). Between 2014-2016 I was in receipt of a Graduate Scholarship from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester and in March 2016 I received a Research Award from the Society of Post Medieval Archaeology.