Dr Jenny Keating

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Dr Jenny Keating
BA (Hons), University of Sussex; MA, Monash University; DPhil, University of Sussex
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
31-Dec-2012 to 31-Dec-2015
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Contemporary History, Modern History
Australasia, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I am interested in the history of family, and in particular the history of adoption in the United Kingdom across the twentieth century, which I have written about in some detail. I have also done considerable research on the history of education in the twentieth century, having worked for several years on a major project about the development of history teaching in England.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2012 “History of Adoption and Fostering in the United Kingdom.”

Research aids

In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

01-Jan-2011 Debates in History Teaching


Debates in History Teaching (Taylor & Francis), book edited by Ian Davies, published 2011. Co-wrote Chapter 1, ‘History in education: trends and themes in history teaching 1900-2010’, with Dr Nicola Sheldon) c5,500 words

01-Jan-2011 From Kings and Queens to Sources and Evidence: Primary History in the Twentieth Century


Spring 2011 Primary History Journal, ‘From Kings and Queens to Sources and Evidence: Primary History in the Twentieth Century’, – article jointly written with Nicola Sheldon

01-Jan-2011 The Right Kind of History: Teaching the Past in Twentieth-Century England


Book published November 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan, co-authored with David Cannadine and Nicola Sheldon

01-Jan-2011 ‘Approaches to citizenship teaching in the first half of the twentieth century – the experience of the London County Council’


Published in 'History of Education', Vol 40, Issue 6, Nov 2011, pp 761-778

01-Jan-2009 A Child for Keeps: The History of Adoption in England, 1918-1945


Book published in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan

Publications available on SAS-space

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

History in Education Project

Three year research project looking at the development of history teaching in English state schools across the twentieth century which was completed at the beginning of 2012. It was directed by Professor Sir David Cannadine and the co-researcher was Dr Nicola Sheldon. Resulted in book 'The Right Kind of History: Teaching the Past in Twentieth-Century England', conference and website.

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
01-Jan-2012 Heir Hunters

Was interviewed at IHR about adoption in the 1940s and 50s for a forthcoming episode of this BBC programme which features probate companies searching for heirs to intestate estates.

01-Jan-2011 ‘The Right Kind of History’ History in Education Project Conference, November 2011

Organised this conference to launch the book 'The Right Kind of History'. Speakers included the Secretary of State for Education, (Michael Gove MP), plus various former education ministers, teachers and academics. Also co-presented a paper on the History in Education website

01-Jan-2011 Novel approaches: from academic history to historical fiction (IHR Winter Conference)

Chaired session at the IHR Winter Conference, November 2011

01-Jan-2011 'It cast a long shadow over my life for years’ : The Significance of Secrecy in English Adoption

International Workshop funded by the Australian Academy of Humanities International Science Linkage scheme, ‘Investigating the Long History of Child Welfare and Adoption: Global, Historical and Comparative Perspectives' hosted by the School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania.

01-Jan-2011 School History in the Twentieth Century : A Story of Decline or Progress?

18/5/2011 Dean's seminar

01-Jan-2011 ‘The Red Bits are British’.

Radio 4 programme, Archive Hour.

01-Jan-2010 History in Education Project

Teachers’ Television series 27/8/2010

01-Jan-2010 Civics, citizenship and patriotism – the experience of the London County Council, 1918-1939

History of Education Society Conference, London 26-27 November 2010

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