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About Samantha Shave

I'm interested poverty, welfare and wealth in modern Britain from 1750 onwards. I joined Lincoln in January 2018, having previously held a series of postdoctoral research positions at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, and Southampton, and a Lectureship at Bournemouth. The majority of my research to date has been concerned with the development and impact of the poor laws and deterrent workhouse systems. Postdoctoral research projects allowed me to develop interests in wealth, inheritance, the origins and development of the stock market and the role and purpose of financial advice. My book, Pauper Policies: Poor Law Practice in England 1780-1850, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017 (re-printed in paperback in November 2018). I have been a member of the Editorial Board of Local Population Studies since 2014, and I review books and papers for a wide range of journals.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader (Social Policy) 2018-(current)

Subject Specialism

Social Policy from 1750; Poor Laws; Workhouses; Wealth; Inheritance; Finance


  • PhD ESRC funded (Open Competition Award) — University of Southampton, 2010
  • MSc Social Policy (Distinction) ESRC funded (Open Competition Award) — University of Southampton, 2006
  • BA Hons Geography (First) — University of Southampton, 2005


I have completed consultancy history projects for the BBC (e.g. Radio 4, History Magazine), Hodder Education, LSE, The Open University, Palgrave, Wiltshire Local History Forum, and for production companies including Wall to Wall Productions (makers of Who Do You Think You Are? and Back to the Workhouse).

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Research Projects

  • Improving Financial Literacy: A Teacher Scholar Programme — awarded £26551 by ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Award (University of Southampton) in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - Social Policy (single and joint honours) — 2018 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Co-ordinator, Lecturer and Seminar Tutor - Debating Welfare States — 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer - Key Social Science Concepts — 2018 to Present
  • Seminar Tutor - Social Issues and Social Justice — 2018 to Present
  • Personal Tutor - Groups at L1 and L3 — 2018 to Present
  • Module Co-ordinator, Lecturer and Seminar Tutor - Welfare Policy and Work — 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer - Researching in the Social Sciences — 2018 to Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • University of Leicester — Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Local Population Studies — Editorial Board Member


Media Expert on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time - The Poor Laws (20 December 2018). Expert on BBC Radio 4’s Making History (17 September 2013). Expert for ‘Life in the Victorian Workhouse’, BBC History Magazine with Charlotte Hodgman (February 2015), pp. 78-81. With podcast available online. Consultation for various TV programmes e.g. Wall To Wall Productions, Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC, 2011-present) and Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV, 2013); Ben Lewis TV, ‘Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s Victorian Benefits’ (BBC, 2016). School education Bubbles, Booms and Busts: A Teacher Scholar Programme on the History of Money and Finance: Teacher-Scholar Programme at the University of Southampton (2017) with the Personal finance education group (Pfeg) and secondary school teachers to promote the teaching of the latest research on finance and money at Key Stages 3 and 4. The Dawn of Affluence: how did living standards change? 1900-1960: Teacher-Scholar Programme at the University of Sussex (2011-13) with The National Archives Education Department and school teachers to promote the teaching of latest research on living standards at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Article ‘The Workfare State: work in exchange for welfare in Britain 1780-1850’ with Dr Thomas Akehurst (Open University), for Modern History Review 19, 1 (2016), a publication for A-Level History students. Guest lectures I have been invited to guest lecturer at a variety of venues, such as the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and the German Historical Institute and Ludwig Maximilians University British History Summer School.