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University of York
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Eighteenth Century, Women's History, Material Culture, Antiquarianism, History of Collecting, Historiography, Feminism, Gender, Museums, Georgian, Art History, Archaeology, Historiography, TV, film, adaptation, History onscreen
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About Me

Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth-century Britain. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of York, where she was the recipient of the History of Art Department doctoral scholarship. Since then, she has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester and the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Her research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with focus on four key sites: the collected and found object, the manuscript, the inscribed surface and the cinematic screen. She is currently preparing a monograph, The Duchess’s Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, for publication and has forthcoming work on the material turn in eighteenth-century historiography, early modern graffiti and history onscreen. Her research appears in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review.

Madeleine is a member of the editorial board for History, journal of the Historical Association, an ECR member of the Royal Historical Society and the newly-appointed Communications Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies committee. Together with Dr Freya Gowrley, she convenes the New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art digital seminar series ( and is a co-founder of the forthcoming Travelling Sisterhood of Art Historians podcast.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Book History, Gender, Literary History, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Women