Anna McKay is a third-year PhD student at the University of Leicester and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Her thesis, “The History of British Prison Hulks, 1776-1864” focuses on both war and peacetime uses of prison ships, or ‘hulks’. The project examines them from the ground up, asking how prison hulks were experienced, why was government slow to respond to criticism, and what led to their eventual disbandment.
Anna has done a two-month work experience placement at CBBC in Salford, and was shortlisted in the Northern Writers’ Awards.
With her PhD coming to an end, Anna is inspired to use her skills in the television sector because it provides the opportunity to educate, inform and entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds.