I am interested in Victorian literature and culture, especially the work of George Eliot and other women’s writing. I am currently working on a book project, provisionally entitled 'Art on the move: Patterns of female collecting in the long nineteenth century'; it has an ecological component in that it focuses on the different ways in which nineteenth-century women tried to bring nature into the built environment. This builds on my published work on literary, women, work ('Crafting the Woman Professional in the Long Nineteenth Century;) and art as well as my current research in literatures of place and south-west heritage, as it is evidenced in a public engagement project on seaside science and environmental tourism in the Victorian and Edwardian periods (http://scienceattheseaside.org).Published work on this topic includes a chapter, co-authored with John Plunkett, with the title 'Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in Victorian Devon', Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge, ed. Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 181-204.