About Professor Pamela Cox Department of Sociology, University of Essex
Professor Pamela Cox is a social historian in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Pamela has written and co-written several books on social history and crime history. BAD GIRLS IN BRITAIN is published in paperback by Palgrave. It tracked the history of delinquent and destitute girls in the first half of the twentieth century. Thousands were sent to reform homes of different kinds where most were trained to work as servants. In 2012, Pamela made her TV debut as the presenter of BBC2 series, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs. The series uncovered the hidden history of domestic service in Britain from the 1840s to the 1940s. In 2014 Pamela presented a further three part series for BBC2. Shopgirls revealed what life was like working, and in some cases living, inside shops and departments stores from the 1860s to the 1970s.