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Archive_costume_2017cDuggan_001My name in Caroline Hamilton BA (Hons) MA and I’m an Australian-born historian and curator  specialising in early twentieth century ballet and the evolution of dance costume. I initially trained as a costume maker for ballet and have worked with companies in Canada and the UK.

I have researched and written extensively on ballet and costume including contributing writer for Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2018) and Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina (London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2012).

In 2018 I was a research fellow at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Massachusetts, USA) cataloguing the archive’s historic costume collection, and costume curator for the exhibition Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow, 1906-1940.

I am currently a technē  PhD candidate between the University of Brighton and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. My doctoral thesis examines the design and impact of the short-lived ballet company Les Ballets 1933 through the surviving costumes and ephemera.

You can follow my archival adventures both on my Instagram @_travellinghistorian and my blog Adventures of a Travelling Historian.