About the author

My name is Adam Hodges-LeClaire, and I’m currently a fourth-year student of Modern History at the University of St Andrews – this blog being part of my work for my final-year course, HI4997 ‘Recording the Past‘, tutored by Professor Gerard De Groot. Rather than writing a conventional thesis that few people would ultimately read, I wanted to turn my ongoing research into 18th century maritime fashion and larger ambition to work in ‘public history’ after university into a blog so that friends, colleagues, and anyone else interested could follow what projects I was doing and participate in my work!

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Raised in Massachusetts, I’ve been immensely passionate about the late 18th century since I was very young. More recently, for 4 years I worked as an apprentice tailor and museum educator with the Fort Ticonderoga Association [website here], before embarking on a tall ship named the Hermione for its maiden voyage to America from France. And this past summer I co-led 3 historical expedition programs for kids with Kroka Expeditions, an outdoor school based in Marlow New Hampshire. For me, studying and making clothing is both a means to empathize with and learn from the past (by wearing it 24/7 throughout these projects), and to carry this across viscerally to those who may not have studied or enjoyed history previously.

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What does the future hold after graduation in June 2017? Ideally more museum work and constant learning (ideally outside), sharing the history I care so much about with those from all walks of life!

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See my CV here..

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