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Madeleine Pelling

Research associate in material and visual cultures of 18th-century Britain, University of York

Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-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. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester, as well as visiting research fellowships at the Royal Archives through the Georgian Papers Programme, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary University London and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. Her research focuses on material and visual culture, with a focus on four key sites: the collected and found object, the manuscript, the inscribed surface and the cinematic screen. Her work 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 and she is currently preparing a monograph, The Duchess’s Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, for publication.


  • 2018–2021
    Research associate, University of York


  • 2019 
    University of York, PhD History of Art