“Witty above her sex, but that’s not all,
Wise to salvation was good Mistris Hall”
(Susanna’s epitaph, 1649)
We may meet Susanna peeping out from behind her famous father as a sulky teenage daughter in the BBC TV comedy Upstart Crow or the grieving sister of Maggie O’Farrell’s acclaimed novel Hamnet. But who was she – and what can she help us to remember?
Working in close collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation), this innovative study – Susanna Hall and Hall's Croft: Gender, Cultural Memory, Heritage – will use Susanna's life story as a lens through which to explore how fiction, cultural history and the heritage industry has presented Susanna and other early modern women. The project will run to summer 2023.