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The South Sea Bubble: An Economic History of Its Origins and Consequences

By Helen Paul


Invested: How Three Centuries of Stock Market Advice Reshaped Our Money, Markets and Minds

By Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, Nicky Marsh, Helen Paul and James Taylor


The Bubble Act: New Perspectives from Passage to Repeal and Beyond

Edited by Helen Paul, Nicholas Di Liberto and D’Maris Coffman

978 3 031 31894 8

Paul, Helen, ‘The Colston Cult and the Material Culture of Bristol’

Paul, Helen, ‘The Colston Cult and the Material Culture of Bristol’, in Toppling Statues, edited by Marjorie Trusted, 54-69. Watford: PSSA Publishing, 2021.

The South Sea Bubble and the Erasure of Slavery and Impressment

History of Financial Advice

This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The team produced a MOOC and a co-authored book called Invested.

British Library: East India Company

The project was funded by the University of Southampton. It included a live event about life on board East India Company ships. In addition, there are several pieces on the British Library Untold Lives blog.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Helen worked with the National Trust to help train volunteers working at the site and to provide study materials. Studley Royal was owned by John Aislablie, the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time of the South Sea Bubble.

Hyde Bridewell

The project was funded by the University of Southampton. Helen worked with a local history group called Hyde900 to uncover the history of a local Bridewell (or prison). Volunteers discovered that people who died in the Bridewell were often buried in the nearby church of St. Bartholemew’s. Their graves had been forgotten and remain unmarked.

Church of England and Enslavement

Church of England and enslavement

Captain Swing Riots

Bicentenary Commemoration

In the 1830s, the South of England was convulsed by rioting. Threatening letters signed ‘Captain Swing’ were sent to important figures, including the Duke of Wellington. Rioters were put on trial. Some were hanged and some transported to Australia. A series of events are planned to commemorate the bicentenary of Swing.

A launch event is being held on 16 September 2023 in the Castle at Winchester.

The Captain Swing Riots Re-view: Launch and Press event Tickets, Sat 16 Sep 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Deptford (London)

Deptford is the starting point for Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans. It is also a key location in the history of abolitionism. Helen is working with local community activists to set up an educational charity to help people understand this difficult history.

Helen is also preparing a self-guided walking tour for the National Maritime Museum about Greenwich’s historical links to enslavement and abolition.

English Heritage: The South Sea Bubble

Empire Lines: The Luxborough Galley

Gresham College: The South Sea Bubble

The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain

BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg

Empire Builders: Dutch Golden Age