Doctoral Researcher, university of Birmingham
Elaine's research focuses on garden spaces, gardening and horticulture in eighteenth-century Birmingham. A neglected aspect of the town’s social and cultural history in this period, she aims to uncover Birmingham’s horticultural capital and broaden our understanding of a town more widely celebrated for taking the products of nature and turning them into the products of the Industrial Revolution.
In a period when gardening underwent its own revolution, the growth of print not only disseminated information about new plants, products and gardening techniques, but the culture of print was adopted in the gardening world as a tool of the polite aspects of the eighteenth-century’s consumer revolution. Newspapers, books, trade cards, nursery catalogues, floras and herbals presented a world of floriferous opportunity.
with Malcolm Dick, Landscapes and Green Spaces: gardens and garden history in the West Midlands (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2017).
Elaine Mitchell, ‘Duddeston’s ‘shady walks and arbours’: the provincial pleasure garden’ in Landscapes and Green Spaces: gardens and garden history in the West Midlands (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2017).