Ed Hardiman

I hold a First Class Honours degree in History from the University of Hull. My undergraduate dissertation examined society and the perception of warfare in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Since graduating I have worked on several research projects in and around Hull, the most recent of which are the ‘African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire’ project funded by the William Wilberforce Monument Fund, and the ‘Italian Connections’ exhibition funded by Hull Heritage Learning. I intend to study an MA in history at the University of York, where my research will explore the dissemination of ideas in early modern Britain through lending libraries and Literature & Philosophical societies.

My role as an intern is to collect and research data from two archives: the first being a collection of American Indian treaties edited by Alden T. Vaughan and the second being the Edward E. Ayer collection. This data will contribute to the creation of a dynamic visualisation of the processes of war, settlement, and commerce in early American landscape. This area of research particularly interests me because it is a multidisciplinary endeavour attempting to create a new resources for people to use. It also highlights the often ignored role and influence American Indians had during this period, showing that American Indians were historical actors rather than a historical footnote.