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Dr Alice Dolan


Lecturer in Early Modern British History

Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.03


am an interdisciplinary historian who uses material culture to explore English society, culture and the economy in the long eighteenth century. I have wide-ranging interests and have worked on topics including child labour, burial garments and working-class men’s dress. My PhD thesis, which I am currently converting into a book, examined why linen remained a daily necessity during the long eighteenth century despite the rise of cotton.

I have held fellowships with the Economic History Society, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Winterthur Museum, Delaware. I have taught at the University of Hertfordshire, the University for Creative Arts, Epsom and on the History of Design MA run by the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum.


Research Interests:

My research interests include:

  • material culture
  • daily life
  • plebeian experience
  • textiles and dress
  • production and consumption
  • the life cycle


Alice Dolan and Sally Holloway, ‘Emotional Textiles: An Introduction’, Textile: Cloth and Culture, 14:2 (Summer 2016), 152-159 (open access). 

‘The Global Trade of Textiles and Clothing in the Early Modern Period: Exchange, Meaning and Materialities’ conference review, Textile History (November 2015), 258-259.

The Fabric of Life: Time and Textiles in an Eighteenth-Century Plebeian Home’, Home Cultures, 11:3 (November 2014), 353-374 (gold open access). 

An Adorned Print: Print Culture, Female Leisure and the Dissemination of Fashion in France and England, c. 1660-1779’, V&A Online Journal, 3 (Spring 2011) (gold open access). 

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