Marie Kent

Dr Marie Kent

BA MA PhD

  • Position Junior Research Fellow
  • Subject areas History
  • Email mek40@cam.ac.uk

Marie is a Research Fellow studying the history of the piano industry and its workforce in England (c1765-1911).

Marie Kent

Marie studied piano technology at London Metropolitan University and gained her doctorate with a study of the piano industry workforce in England from the origins of the industry c1765 to the eve of the First World War.  She was twice awarded the University Prize and University Recognition Award for Academic Excellence. In 2015 Marie won an Early Career Fellowship with the Institute of Musical Research and launched the ‘Made in London’ conference series, inviting musical instrument makers, restorers, conservators, players and historians to discuss musical instrument-making in London from the 17th to the 21st century. 

Marie is a committee member of The Galpin Society, membership secretary of the Musical Instruments Resource Network (MIRN), and an advisor to the BBC.  During her time at Wolfson she has been College Research Convenor (2016-2018), a committee member of the Music Society, a committee member of the Lunchtime Lecture Series, and founder and captain of the Wolfson Social Rowing Club.

Research interests

Marie’s current research centres on a statistical study of approximately 16,000 members of the piano industry workforce enumerated in the 1911 census of England. When completed and combined with her doctoral findings concerning 6,500 members of the workforce enumerated in the 1881 census of England, her project will result in a 30-year history of the piano industry workforce at the peak of its 150-year activity, immediately prior to the upheaval of the First World War.

Other areas of Marie’s current research include the history of the Hitchcock family of spinet and harpsichord makers in 18th century London, and associated life in the capital.