Women Make Cities

A city built on baskets

This research, led by Freya Purcell, explores how women street sellers shaped the urban space around them in the 18th and 19th centuries, through a mixture of court records and visual culture.

Who are the women in the streets

They formed part of the daily patterns of the city but who were these women? The court records in the National Records speaks both to these women’s biographies and to the challenges they faced.

A picture tells a thousand words

The benefits and challenges of using art to trace the experiences of street sellers. As the saying goes a picture can tell a thousand words but how many are true?

Suspicion in the streets

When you walk through the city how do people perceive you? How were pedlars perceived and is the same for every walking trader.