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The French History Network (FHN) was launched in 2013 as a way of bringing together doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and also of generating intellectual collaborations. It started with a small series of events and projects before becoming, first and foremost, a blog collaboration with the Society for the Study of French history and the IHR Modern French History seminar in London.

The blog, managed principally by Ludivine Broch (Westminster), Alison Carrol (Brunel) and Andrew Smith (Chichester), has hugely benefited from the ideas and work of doctoral, post-doctoral and early-career researchers, in particular Ellen Crabtree (Durham), Charlotte Faucher (Manchester), Will Pooley (Bristol), Chris Millington (Liverpool) and Will Rispin (Warwick). By carving out a space which promotes the work of young scholars and encourages transnational exchanges, the FHN still aims to support doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are entering a difficult job market, navigating personal and professional concerns and also looking to diffuse new research projects, ideas and practices in French history.

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  1. I am currently researching French [and German] residents in Brighton between 1860 and 1914. While I have a particular focus on those working in the education and hotel sectors, I am interested also in community life, for example relating to the church and respecting which there were two Protestant church communities one attached to the French Mission to London (Rev. Pascal) and the other that eventually built the French Reformed Church whose pastor, Rev. Gonin also established a home for foreign governesses in Brighton. I was wondering whether there are consular records possible to access or any other archives/libraries (in addition to the BL and the Institut Français) known to your network and that might be relevant.

    With thanks

    1. Hi Rosalind,

      Sounds like interesting research. On a hunch I would suggest going to see local archives in Brighton, or going through the extensive records at the National Archives in Kew. Debra Kelly (Westminster) has worked on the French in London and might be a great contact for you. She’d probably have more tips.

      good luck with your research

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