My PhD project is a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Open University and Sanderson’s Archive investigating the wallpapers produced by Morris & Co between 1864 and 1928. The research will focus on the collaboration between William Morris, Morris & Co and Jeffrey & Co, the manufacturers who printed the wallpapers. It will explore the design, production and consumption of the wallpapers, considering how far the business of wallpaper production fitted with Morris’s utopian ideals.
I previously studied history of the fine and decorative arts at the University of Leeds and history of design at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. I am co-author, with Ingrid Roscoe and Greg Sullivan, of A biographical dictionary of sculptors in Britain 1660-1851 (2009). I have worked in curatorial roles at the V&A and The Geffrye Museum of the Home, specialising in nineteenth-century British art, design and domestic material culture.