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Amber Vella

Languages and Literature, University of Leicester

Thesis title:

Experiencing Pregnancy in Georgian Britain: Representations and Realities

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


Blog Posts



Public Engagement & Impact

  • Volunteer transcriber on Coram's Voices Through Time project, which is a four year project that will provide insight into the lives of children and young people who lived at the Foundling Hospital, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. (December 2020-Present)
  • Curator of archival exhibition 'What the Butler Saw': 50 Years On, University of Leicester Archives and Special Collections (2019)

Other Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Widening Participation
  • Maternity & Motherhood
  • The Body
  • Eighteenth-Century Charities
  • Life Writing & Correspondence
  • Periodicals & Print Culture
  • Museums & Heritage


  • Perceptions of Pregnancy Researcher Network
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Women's History Network
  • Royal Historical Society
  • Institute of Historical Research History Lab

Scholarships and Prizes


  • Waddington MA Prize, awarded to the best dissertation on the English Studies MA.


  • College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Masters Excellence Scholarship.
  • Dr Wallace Henry Prize, awarded to the final-year undergraduate English student with the highest average across second- and third-year modules.
  • Waddington Prize, awarded to the three final year undergraduate English students with the highest mark. 

Academic Profile

2019 – 2020: University of Leicester, English Studies MA – Distinction

  • Dissertation: The Magdalen House in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Penitent Prostitutes, Public Response, and Literary Representations.

2016 – 2019: University of Leicester, English BA – First Class Honours

  • Dissertation: The Role of Mistresses in The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751): Virtue, Value, Desire and Disposal.