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Dr Spike Sweeting


  • My research into the Port of London in the eighteenth century considers the construction of markets, both as concrete objects and explanatory categories. As such, my interests encompass architecture, urban infrastructure, histories and philosophies of trade, and theories of modernisation and economics. I am also interested in the material cultures of risk, corruption and money.
  • Biography

  • I was educated in north London and began my BA in History at UCL in 2002. After graduating in 2005, I spent a dispiriting time in music PR, before beginning my MA on the V&A/RCA course in History of Design. After a brief stint as a painter and decorator, I taught architectural history in the History of Art Department at UCL and began my PhD at Warwick in 2010.

    Appointed a tutor in History of Design at the RCA in 2013, I am currently based in the V&A, where I am preparing publications based on my doctoral research.
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