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    Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History & History of Art

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Dr Sally Holloway

    Phone number: 01865 484094

    Email: sally.holloway@brookes.ac.uk

    Location: T203, Tonge Building

    Dr Sally Holloway is a historian of gender, emotions, and material culture in Britain over the long eighteenth century. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013, and subsequently taught at Queen Mary, University of London, Oxford Brookes University, and Richmond, The American International University in London. Sally joined Oxford Brookes in autumn 2017 as Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in History & History of Art.

    Sally is currently completing her monograph The Game of Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions & Material Culture, which will be published with the Oxford University Press series 'Emotions in History' in January 2019. She is also co-editing a special issue of Cultural & Social History on romantic love with Dr Katie Barclay, in which she has an article on Valentine's Day in Georgian England. Her next major research project will examine the history of heartbreak in Britain. 

    Modules taught

    • U60003, Being Human: Love, Sex & Death (Foundation in Humanities)

    • U67506, Everyday Life in Britain, 1680-1880 (First year)

    Sally's research interests include:

    • Emotions (particularly love and heartbreak)
    • Romantic relationships (courtship, matrimony, adultery)
    • The emotional meanings of material culture
    • Letters & letter-writing
    • Everyday life, ephemera & the ritual year
    • Visual & material culture

    Research grants and awards

    2015-17  Awarded £1,700 by the Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement to establish the 'Reading Emotions' community book group with Dr Jane Mackelworth (QMUL)

    2016  Early Career International Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

    2016  Awarded £2,000 by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Adelaide for the conference 'Romantic Rituals: "Making Love" in Europe 1600-Present' co-organised with Dr Katie Barclay (Adelaide)

    2014  Visiting Research Fellow at Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton

    2013  Awarded £8,500 by the European Research Council project 'Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel 1400-1800' for the conference 'Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in Europe 1600-1900' co-organised with Dr Alice Dolan (Herts)

    2013-17  Associate Researcher at Historic Royal Palaces

    2011-12  Awarded £3,700 by the Friendly Hand Trust to visit the Lewis Walpole Library, Winterthur Museum, and Bard Graduate Centre

    2009-12  Full-time three-year PhD studentship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council

    Research impact

    Sally has five years of experience as a researcher and consultant to factual history programmes on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 4, including series presented by Professor Faramerz Dabhoiwala (The Invention of Free Speech), Professor Thomas Dixon (Five Hundred Years of Friendship), Professor Amanda Vickery (Voices from the Old Bailey; Amanda Vickery on Men; At Home with the Georgians; The Story of Women & Art) and Dr Lucy Worsley (Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History; A Very British Romance).

    In 2015, Sally was the consultant on Dr Lucy Worsley's A Very British Romance, and was interviewed about eighteenth century love letters (at 27 mins). 

    With Dr Jane Mackelworth (QMUL), Sally co-organises the Emotions Book Club, funded by Oxford Brookes University and the Queen Mary Centre for Public Engagement.


    • Downes S, Holloway S, Randles S, Ed., Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, Oxford University Press (2018)
      ISBN: 9780198802648
      Abstract Website
    • Holloway, S, Romantic Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions & Material Culture, c.1714-1830, Oxford University Press ()

    Journal articles

    • Holloway S, Worsley L, '"Everybody took Notice of the Scene of the Drawing-room": Performing Emotions at the Early Georgian Court, 1714-60'
      Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 40 (3) (2017) pp.443-464
      ISSN: 1754-0194 eISSN: 1754-0194
      Abstract Website
    • Dolan A, Holloway S, 'Emotional Textiles: An Introduction'
      Textile 14 (2) (2016) pp.152-159
      ISSN: 1475-9756 eISSN: 1475-9756
    • Holloway S, '‘"You know I am all on fire": writing the adulterous affair in England, c. 1740-1830''
      Historical Research 89 (244) (2016) pp.317-339
      ISSN: 0950-3471 eISSN: 0950-3471
      Abstract Website

    Book chapters


    • Holloway S, review of Jennine Hurl-Eamon, Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2014), in Social History 40 (3) (2015) pp.398-400
      ISSN: 0307-1022 eISSN: 0307-1022
    • Holloway, S, Review of The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760, ed. Desmond Shawe-Taylor (Royal Collection, 2014), in Economic History Review (2015)
      ISSN: 0013-0117 eISSN: 0013-0117
    • Holloway, S, Review of Claire Langhamer, The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013), in Historical Research (2014)
      ISSN: 0950-3471 eISSN: 0950-3471

    Membership of professional bodies

    Sally is the Postdoctoral Convenor of the British History in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London. She is a member of the Social History Society, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), International Society for Cultural History (ISCH), Society for the History of Emotions (SHE), and an Affiliated Research Scholar of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.


    2018 'Love & Consumerism', Emotions across Disciplines Seminar Series, Oxford Brookes University

    2017 'Valentine's Day & Gift Exchange in Eighteenth Century England', History of Art Research Forum, Oxford Brookes University

    2017 'Sensing Love: Courtship Gifts & the Production of Emotions in Georgian England', Embodiment & Emotion Artists Residency, Central Saint Martins & THE CUBE Gallery

    2017  'Objects & Intimacy: Sensing Romantic Love in Georgian England', International Society for Cultural History (ISCH) Conference, Senses, Emotions & the Affective Turn: Recent Perspectives & New Challenges in Cultural History, Umeå University, Sweden

    2017 'The Emotional Heart', Two Hearts: Dissection and Desire, Barts Pathology Museum, London

    2016  'Courtship, Craft & Consumerism: Rediscovering Valentine’s Day in Eighteenth-Century England', Romantic Rituals conference, University of Adelaide

    2016 'The Script for Love: Romantic Lexicon in Eighteenth-Century England', Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Adelaide

    2016 'Shaping the Language of Romantic Love in Georgian England', Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia

    2016 'Love in Letters: "no Mortal ever felt so strong, so soft a Passion"', The Distinction between Passion and Emotion - In Search of Case Studies, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia

    2016  'Manufacturing Romance: The Economy of Courtship in Georgian England',  Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar (ECRS), University of Edinburgh

    2015  '"My heart is in my eyes": Sensory interaction with courtship gifts in Georgian England', Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture (CSBMC), Royal Holloway

    2014 'Romantic Things', Things: Early Modern Material Cultures, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

    2014 'An interspected letter from one of your Naughty Women: Writing the Adulterous Affair in England 1730-1830', British History in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London

    2012 'Textile Transformations: Women's Creation of Courtship & Birth Tokens 1680-1850', Transforming Objects Conference, Northumbria University

    2012 'Courtship and Birth Tokens and the Materialization of Female Identity', Social History Society Conference

    2011 'Romantic Love & the Eighteenth Century Self', Cambridge Conference on Early Modern Selves, Trinity College, Cambridge

    2011 'Ribbons and Rings will work most strange feats: Eighteenth-Century Love Tokens & the Material Expression of Affection', Material Networks | Networked Materials Symposium, Bard Graduate Center, New York

    2010 '"I opened, I read, & I was delighted": The Emotional Experience of Love Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century', Women's History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research