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Jack Moss

History, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Histories of the High-Street Shopper: Boots and the experience of chain-store retail, 1880-1980

I am first year PhD History student at the University of Nottingham, undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Boots Archive. My research looks at the history, culture and experience of high-street shopping during 1880- 1980, in an attempt to understand both the cultural value of shopping at Boots and how such activity intersected with the period’s shifting social identities. The project makes use of the vast holdings of the Boots company archives and uses the chain-store Chemist as its case study. By adopting a long view of shopping at Boots, it aims to contribute to improved understandings of the social life and perception of British high-street shopping.  

Research Area

  • History

Other Research Interests

  • History of architecture 
  • History of postwar planning and development 
  • History of Medicine
  • Interpretation of material culture

Career Bio

I undertook a BA in History at the University of Manchester between 2005- 2008. After this, I worked as a museum professional at various instituitions including the Science Museum Group and the Horniman Museum. I worked as an Assistant Curator of Medicine on the Science Museum's 'Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries' between 2014- 2017, after which point I left to study an MSc in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. I curated the imagery of the Laing Construction Company for Historic England's Breaking New Ground project prior to commencing this PhD project.