Staff Profile:Dr Jacqui Turner

Dr Jacqui Turner
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Year 1: Making the Modern Family and the Origins of the Welfare State
  • Year 2: 'Rebel Girls' Radical Women 1795-1919'
  • Year 2: People's History of Modern Britain (team-taught module, my contribution being 'Gender and Society' and the 'March of the Women' and 'The 'Roaring' Twenties and 'the Bright Young People')
  • Year 2: ‘Being British’ (Victorians and Edwardians): Making Modern Britain (team taught with Professor David Stack)
  • Year 3: Discovering Archives and Collections (placement module)
  • Year 3: 'Battleaxes and Benchwarmers' - The aftermath of suffrage and female early MPs 1918-1931
  • Year 3: Modern British Feminism Special Subject (team taught with Dr Natalie Thomlinson from 2020-2021, my contribution being First Wave Feminism)
  • Year 3: Dissertation supervision



Building a New Jerusalem: The emergence of the Labour Party in Britain (co-taught with Professor Matt Worley)

Theory and Themes: Gender and Women's History

Historical Skills and Resources: Engaging with collections and material culture

Dissertation supervision

PhD (PGR):


I am currently supervising research founded largely in the Astor papers including - the Astor legacy, Christian Science and the Anglican Parliament. AlsoElizabeth, 6th Baroness Craven: female travel and autobiographical writing in the late Eighteenth Century and early Nineteenth Century and women in service in Berkshire and Hampshire in the late C19th and early C20th.

PhD research skills

What's not there? Absences and difficult histories in collections - gender and the archive

Curating exhibitions from the archive

Areas of Interest:


I am broadly interested in C19th and early C20th parliamentary politics and political cultures including gender, early feminism and a mix of working class politics and religion.

My existing research 'The soul of the Labour Movement' is a detailed examination of the Victorian morality and spirituality upon which the life of the Labour movement was built and includes the wider contribution of the women's movement, children's associations and radical literary traditions. My current research concerns early female pioneers in politics, focusing largely on female MPs between 1919 and 1931 primarily as 'sex-candidates'. I examine the contribution of early female MPs but also reassess the importance of the 1918 Representation of the People Act on British democracy, in relation to women and the emergence of female public politicians - I am particularly interested in Nancy Astor, who was the first female MP to sit in the House of Commons and whose papers are held at the University of Reading.

Impact and Public engagement

Jacqui Turner Astor 100 Project Poster

I worked with the national Vote100 project on the centenary of the women's vote in 2018 and local Reading Vote100 projects. I currently manage the Astor100 centenary programme from the University of Reading. Astor 100 is a year-long celebration of women in politics, Nancy Astor and her wider legacy. It is a major series of academic and public engagements taking place during 2019 and on into 2020. The Astor archives are held here at the University of Reading Special Collections.

Visit the Astor100 web pages here.

After spending several years working in heritage, I remain interested in archives and collections, museums and heritage.

Collections-based teaching

I am a huge advocate for collections-based teaching. In all modules from year 1 through to postgraduate study, my students visit the University of Reading's Special Collections and utilise primary material. Handling primary material connects the student with the past and introduces them to the joy unearthing an unexpected gem. I also endeavour to take my third-year students to Parliament to meet a female MP to engage with women's place in society politics as well as in the past.


Recent Awards and Nominations:


Teaching Excellence Award for Arts Humanities and Social Sciences 2019


Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award 2017

"I nominated Dr Jacqui Turner for RUSU's Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award which she won. Jacqui supported me throughout my degree, enabling me to pursue topics I was passionate about. I honestly cannot stop praising her."
Nikita Rai (BA History)


Collaborative Teaching Award 2018

Partnered celebration of 'Vote 100' with Dr Madeleine Davies (English Literature) and Mr Guy Baxter (University Museums and Special Collections Services). In celebration and inspired by 'Vote 100'.

"The 'Feminism 100' event series was jointly organised by the School of Languages and Literature and the School of Humanities and ran over the spring term. It made three significant achievements; it produced a creative and innovative school-led collaboration, cultivated a close partnership between staff and students from History, Classics and Literature, and showcased the value of work placement modules. The collaboration is a shining example of what we are most proud of at Reading - our students and our teaching and learning partnerships."

Research Engagement and Impact Award finalist 2018

Judges’ comments: “We were impressed by how Jacqui has built relationships and networks to bring research about women’s role in politics to the fore in Parliament”

More information here.

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy 2019

Research groups / Centres:

Contribution to the MA(Res) in History

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2009
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