Adrienne Wallman

PhD student

Research Overview

Beyond the Family Tree

In recent years family history has become increasingly popular. Researchers gather hard data from ‘vital records’ (births, marriages and deaths) and produce more and more detailed family trees. As an output this is fine, but I want to explore the wider outcomes: does the information gathered change the researcher’s view of their own identity and if so, in what way, and what are the implications and lessons for wider society?

I also want to explore how archives, libraries and museums can use the material culture they hold to preserve, interpret and transmit the complexities of identity.