Hannah Cusworth

PhD researcher

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University of Hull and English Heritage 

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Hannah Cusworth is an AHRC funded PhD researcher working in collaboration with English Heritage and the University of Hull. Her work explores the history of mahogany in Marble Hill, Chiswick and Kenwood house and the people who were involved in the 18th century Atlantic mahogany trade. She is particularly interested in the role of West African knowledge, Indigenous communities, free people of colour and women across the Atlantic World. Her research considers what is gained when we include more people in the study of the mahogany trade, from a historical and contemporary perspective. Prior to starting her PhD, Hannah was Head of History at a South London secondary school and now works as an educational consultant.

BA (Hons) History and Politics, Brasenose College Oxford
PGCE Canterbury Christ Church University


Putting Black into the Union JackTeaching History, 183

Impact and engagement
‘Words matter: thoughts on language and Black History Month’, Collins Language Lovers Blog, Oct 2021. https://blog.collinsdictionary.com/language-lovers/words-matter-thoughts-on-language-and-black-history-month/

‘Black history lessons should be about more than just Mary Seacole and the transatlantic slave trade’, inews.co.uk, Oct 2021.