Keyword: material culture

Ralph Mills

Objects of Delight: The Nineteen Century Mass-Produced Miniature

My research explores the phenomenon of miniaturisation, as reflected by the global trade and consumption of mass-produced miniatures, and what it reveals about the nineteenth century people who delighted in, desired, acquired, displayed, collected and discarded them.

Artemis Alexiou

Design History And Gender Politics: Paratexts in the General Feminist Weekly Periodical Press (England c. 1888-1899)

The project follows a transdisciplinary methodology, and uses an interdisciplinary mix of theories to reveal whether the editorial design of three feminist periodicals was in any way influenced by late Victorian gender conventions. In general terms, the thesis argues that design objects need to be studied in accordance to the specific social, cultural, economic, political, technological, and aesthetic conditions at the time of production, whilst paying equal attention to producers as well as readers/users/consumers.