University of Hertfordshire

Professor John Styles

Professor

John Styles

Professor John Styles

Professor

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

I was born and educated in Bradford, Yorkshire, where my enthusiasm for history was fired by a love of the local landscape and a group of inspirational teachers at Bradford Grammar School. After studying history as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, I undertook postgraduate work at the Universities of York and Cambridge. Subsequently I held Research Fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. I went on to lecture in History at the Universities of Bradford, Bath and Bristol, before becoming Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, with particular responsibility for the M.A. Course in the History of Design run jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Museum.

At the Victoria and Albert Museum, I was historical advisor to the Museum's new 'British Galleries, 1500-1900', which opened in 2001. My responsibilities included developing the themes for the Galleries and supporting the gallery teams as they used those themes to create the series of displays. With Michael Snodin, I co-authored Design and the Decorative Arts: Britain 1500 to 1900 (V&A Publications, 2001), an interpretative overview published to complement the British Galleries.

From 1988-91 I held a Pasold Research Fund Research Readership in the History of Fashion and Clothing, and, in 1995-6, the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at the Huntington Library in California. From 2001 to 2004, I was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, which linked the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Art, and Royal Holloway, University of London.

I joined the University of Hertfordshire as Research Professor in History in 2004. Subsequently I have held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2004-6) to complete my book The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale, 2007), an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (2008-10) to curate the exhibition ‘Threads of Feeling’ at the Foundling Museum, London in 2010-11, and a European Research Council Advanced Researcher award (2010-15) for my current research project, 'Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel, 1400-1800’.

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