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Queen Mary University of London
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eighteenth century, dance, social dance, dance history, social history, Georgian, political history, women and gender, British
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About Me

Hillary Burlock is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London, and her thesis explores the intersection of Georgian politics and social dance from 1760 to 1830. From 2019 to 2020, Hillary Burlock was a BSECS and Georgian Papers Programme Fellow at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, where she researched the role of dance in George III’s family and court, from royal birthday balls, to family balls and dance education. She currently holds fellowships from the Huntington Library in California and the Lewis Walpole Library in Connecticut where she will explore the workings of Georgian dance, through dancing masters, education, feminine accomplishment and masculinity, political machinations, and the creation and enactment of social hierarchies within the ballroom, illuminating themes of political engagement, citizenship, sociability and manoeuvring, and class distinctions. Hillary Burlock completed her Master’s degree at the University of Oxford, writing her dissertation on Georgian election balls. Some of her research on election balls has been published on the Georgian Lords blog, through the History of Parliament Online. Hillary Burlock has researched and performed dances from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries for the past ten years, which helps to inform her reading and analysis of correspondence and dance manuals from the period. She seeks to demonstrate that the ballroom was an intensely politicised sphere of activity in late Georgian Britain.

Recent Publications

2021: ‘Tumbling into the lap of Majesty’: Minuets at the Court of George III, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

2020: ‘Dancing with the (Georgian) Royal Family,’ Georgian Papers Programme blog

2019: Dancing into the Houses of Parliament: the role of balls in Georgian electoral campaigns, Georgian Lords blog series on The History of Parliament Blog

2019: ‘Duely sensible of their obligation’: the role of women in Georgian election balls, Georgian Lords blog series on The History of Parliament Blog

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Government, Material Culture, Politics