Dr Serena Dyer is a historian of dress, consumption, and material culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To Serena, objects resonate with human stories which are told in stitches and brushstrokes. Her first book, Material Lives: Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the 18th Century, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. Her current research projects include work on the performance of British patriotism through dress and the history of buying British.
Serena completed her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2016. She is now Lecturer in History of Design and Material Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She has previously taught at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of York. Before returning to academia, Serena was Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture and Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery.