Meet Sophie Major
Research Intern, Wray Castle
We're really excited to have Sophie with us at the castle this year. The main aim of her research work is to ensure visitors leave with a more accurate, authentic, and rounded perspective of Wray Castle.
I completed my undergraduate BA Joint Honours in History and French at the University of Leeds in 2015, using my dissertation to focus on a local 19th century newspaper and the political, social, and cultural leanings of its editor, Edward Baines.
I then went on to complete my MSc in Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, focusing my final dissertation on the interactions between intellectual trends and religious movements in 18th century Scotland.
" I am eager to bring my communication and academic skills together in order to play a part in bridging the gap between historical research and the public. I have been given a wonderful opportunity to do so at Wray Castle, and I’m really excited about the project. "
Making history more accessible
I feel it is important to change the image of historians as being locked away in dusty archives, to bring debate and discussion away from restrained academic settings, and to ultimately make History accessible to as many people as possible.
Wray has so much to offer, and it won’t take long to demonstrate this. We – myself and the visitor experience team here – will work together to keep the public informed of latest developments and new findings, keeping them up to date with the research process and help them to deepen their understanding of the place.
History is not just about the “facts” we uncover; it is about the process, the questions we ask, how we tackle them, how we evaluate our sources, and how we eventually form our arguments. With a case like Wray Castle – where a lot of knowledge about the owners revolves around rumours and speculation – the process is just as interesting as the findings.