Michele Blagg attended the University of Glasgow and transferred to the Open University gaining a BA First Class Hons in 2007, with concentration in Economic, Political and Social history. She completed an MA in Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research in the Centre for Contemporary British History, and remained with CCBH for its move to King’s College London in 2010. Michele was awarded her PhD at King’s in 2013, on ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, a business adapting to change 1919-1968’. The study focused on the interaction between the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons, and the London gold market revealing much about the significant players in the industry, which also contributes to the wider understanding of the current renaissance for gold. The project was part of a collaborative doctoral award granted by the Art’s and Humanities Research Council in partnership with King’s and The Rothschild Archive, London.
Michele’s new project ‘Voices of the London Bullion Market’ is funded by the London Bullion Market Association and began in January 2014. She is a Visiting Research Associate with ICBH at King’s and assists with MA teaching and oral history and witness seminar projects. Her areas of interest include financial and business history with special regard for the actors and networks located in London.
She is a historical records consultant at The Rothschild Archive and sits on the Executive of the Business Archive Council (BAC). Through her work with BAC she is involved in the annual ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop . In addition she is involved with the Archives and Artefacts Study Group (A2SN). The object of the group is to create networking opportunities between academics, heritage professionals and enthusiasts with the aim of informing exhibitions etc. and encouraging the use of archival material in both research and teaching.