Dr Serena Dyer is Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture. Serena previously taught History at the University of Warwick, and held curatorial positions at the National Portrait Gallery and Leeds Museums and Galleries.
MA, Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York (2012)
BA (Hons) History and History of Art, University of York (2011)
Learning & Teaching Interests
Research Outputs & Interests
Serena is currently working on an academic monograph entitled 'Material Literacies: Women, Sewing, and Skill 1720-1860'.
She is also interested more broadly in the history of dress, consumers, and material culutre.
‘Fashioning Consumers: Ackermann’s Repository of Arts and the Cultivation of the Female Consumer’, in Jennie Batchelor and Manushag N. Powell (eds.), Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain: 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2017, book under contract).
‘Training the Child Consumer:Money, Play, and Learning to Shop in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, in Megan Brandow-Faller (ed.), Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-present (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017, book under contract).
‘From Silks to Spices: Changing Processes of Retailing and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century English Towns’, Journal of Urban History, vol. 42, no. 3 (2016): 1-7.
‘Shopping and the Senses: Retail, Browsing and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century England’, History Compass, vol. 12, no. 9 (2014): 694-703.
‘My Ancestor was a Milliner’, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, no. 102 (2015): 71-74.
‘Shopping, Spectacle and the Senses: Fashion Retail in Georgian England’, History Today, vol. 65, no.3 (2015): 10-16.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Recent Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations
Roundtable participate, Lives of Houses conferece, TORCH, University of Oxford, (27th May 2017).
‘Barbara Johnson and the Self-Regulating Consumer’, paper given at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, University of Oxford, (5th January 2017).
'Day-Goblins' to' Bargain Hunters: Consumers, Browsing, and Breaking’, paper given at The Eighteenth Century: Past and Present, University of Warwick, (13th May 2016).
‘Adam Buck and Fashion in the Regency Era’, invited lecture given at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, (12 th August 2015).
‘Day-Goblins and Female Rakes: The Vilified Consumer in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, paper given at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (26th February 2015).
‘Mr Calico and Mrs Pincushion: Man-Milliners and Gendered Retail Work in England, 1770-1830’, paper given at Retail Work: Historical Perspectives , CHORD, Wolverhampton (11th September 2014).
‘“Tumble silks they have no mind to buy": Haptic Browsing and the Consumption of Clothing’, paper given at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, (8th January 2014).
Research Funding and Awards
Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick (2016-17)
British Federation of Women Graduates Marjorie Shaw Scholarship (2015)
Paul Mellon Centre Educational Programme Grant, £2,400 (2015)
Doctoral Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick (2014-2015)
ESRC PhD Scholarship (2012 - 2015)
Chancellor's Scholarship (2012 - 2015)
Humanities Research Centre Grant, University of York, £500 (2014)
British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Bursary (2013)
HERA Fashioning the Early Modern Early Career Bursary (2012)
Pasold Research Fund MA Grant (2012)
The Costume Society Student Bursary (2012)
K. G. Ponting Memorial Bursary (2012)
Vitae Yorkshire and North East Public Engagement Competition Winner (2012)
'Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1900’, University of Warwick, 19th May 2017.
‘Disseminating Dress: Britain and the Fashion World’, University of York, 28th - 30th May 2015.
‘Making and Mobilising Objects: People, Process, and Place’, University of Warwick, 21st February 2015.
‘Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress, 1750-1850’, University of York, 23rd June 2012.
Engagement & Impact
Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick