Victoria Clarke

Victoria Clarke


My WRoCAH-funded doctoral thesis investigates the role of the Northern Star (1837-1852) as the leading newspaper of the Chartist movement, as a tool for communication and community-building within activist and print circles from 1837 to 1848.
I am jointly supervised by Dr. Richard Salmon (School of English) and Professor Malcolm Chase (School of History).

Following my BA in English Literature with Language & Linguistics at the University of Roehampton, I moved to Leeds to commence a part time MA in Victorian Literature and found myself researching the Temperance Chartist press for my MA thesis, leading to my PhD project. Since arriving at Leeds I have made myself at home and regulartly attend events organised by the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies and Centre for the Comparative History of Print. From October 2017 I work part time as the Research Assistant and Administrator for the AHRC funded Letterpress Project, organising international workshops and conferences themed around Letterpress printing. I have previously done work experience with the curatorial and learning teams at the People's History Museum, Manchester.

‘Identifying Readers and Correspondents of the Northern Star, 1837-1848,' Print, Politics, and the Provincial Press in Modern Britain, Ed. Ian Cawood. (Oxford: Peter Lang) [Forthcoming 2019].
'Male Models: Fatherhood and Gentleman-Making in the Victorian Bildungsroman,WRoCAH Student Journal, v. 2 (December 2016) [web].

Spring 2019 - Poetry: Reading & Interpretation, designed for year 1 undergraduates.
Spring 2018 - Poetry: Reading & Interpretation, designed for year 1 undergraduates.

I design my reading list to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and am open to suggestions for new texts and poets from students.

School of English Postgraduate Seminar Series - co-convenor 2017/18 year.
'Letterpress: Past, Present, Future' conference, University of Leeds, July 2018.
'Digital Letterpress' workshop, Bath Spa University, April 2018.
'Using Letterpress' workshop, National Print Museum, Dublin, November 2017.
WRoCAH Annual Converence - organiser 2017.
MA Careers Advice Event - 2016.
School of English MA Conference - head organiser 2016.
School of English MA Conference - 2015.

Selected Conferences
'Publicity, Privacy, Politics, Pubs: Temperance and the Chartist Press (1830-1850),' Radical Temperance, University of Central Lancashire.

'How to conduct a Victorian protest: Chartism, rebellion and etiquette,' British Association of Victorian Studies 2017, Bishop Grossteste University.

'Pledges and pint pot politics: journalistic representations of the rise of Temperance Chartism,' Chartism Day, University of Chester. (Awarded a postgraduate bursary from the Society for the Study of Labour History.)

‘A Mode(rni)st Proposal: Literary Representationsn of Working Class Cultural and Culinary Digestion.’ Sensory Modernisms, University of Leeds. (Awarded a postgraduate bursary from the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.)
‘Temperance Chartism: Readership and Responses,' Communities of Communication II: 19th Century Press, University of Edinburgh (September 2015)

Research interests

Research Interests
My other research interests include representations of female labour, print culture and history, communication studies, masculinity, fashion history, and representations of industry in literature.

Research networks
Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
Letterpress Project
Centre for the Comparative History of Print
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
British Association for Victorian Studies


  • BA English Literature with English Language & Linguistics, University of Roehampton
  • MA Victorian Literature, University of Leeds