Irene Collins, historian - obituary

Irene Collins, who studied History at St Hilda's College and graduated with first-class honours in 1946, has died aged 89.

After her graduation, Irene Collins was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Liverpool in 1947, where she remained for almost 40 years. Ms Collins become Reader in History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts (the first woman to hold that position). Her books included 'The Government and the Newspaper Press in France, 1814-1881', 'Government and Society in France 1814-48', 'Napoleon and his Parliaments 1800-1815', and 'The Age of Progress'. In her retirement, she published two major works on Jane Austen, 'Jane Austen and the Clergy', and 'Jane Austen: The Parson’s Daughter (1998)', and became vice president of the Jane Austen Society.

Irene Collins was born on September 16 1925 and died July 12 2015. Our thoughts are with Ms Collin's family.