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Miriam Phelan

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  • Miriam is an AHRC funded PhD student in the school of Arts and Humanities. Miriam's research focusses on the impact of commemoration on constructions of masculine and national identity through an examination of dress and the body. Miriam's research uses dress as a lens to understand the relationship between the body and memory working with dress collections in theatre and performance, as part of living history and re-enactment and in museums archives. Miriam previously worked as an assistant curator at the Jewish Museum and has most recently as a researcher at the Charles Dickens Museum researching Charles Dickens's dress and the Museum's textile collection. 

  • Previous degrees

  • MA History of Design, Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum, (Distinction) 2015; BA Fashion Design, National College of Art and Design, (First-class honours) 2012
  • Experiences

  • Researcher, Charles Dickens Museum, London, 2018–2019; Co-convenor of 'Memory and Borders: Nationalism, Identity and Material Culture' workshop at Victoria and Albert Museum, 2019; Assistant Curator, Jewish Museum London, 2015–2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Curator of 'Radical Women' display at Jewish Museum London, 2017; Assistant curator of 'Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution' exhibition at Jewish Museum London, 2016
  • Conferences

  • 'The Fashion of Charles Dickens, 1837–1870', The Victorian Age: A History of Dress, Textiles, and Accessories, 1819–1901, Association of Dress Historians, 2019; 'Crisis, Commemoration and Dress: Designing Memory of the Revolutionary Period in Ireland', Deeds not Words? Assessing a Century of Change, National Museum of Ireland, 2018; 'Masculinity in Conflict: Sartorial Resistance in England and Ireland, 1914 to 1918', Fashion: Conform or Resist, Costume Society, 2016
  • Awards

  • TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Scholarship, 2017–2020; Design History Society Outreach & Events Grant, 2019; V&A/RCA History of Design Montjoie Award, 2014; National College of Art and Design Staff Prize, 2012
  • Funding

  • TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Scholarship 2017 – 2020
  • Sponsors

  • TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Royal College of Art