A Guide to online Dance History Resources

One of the things I love most about my job is a huge range of archives and libraries I get to visit, however during the current pandemic institutions are closed, and all in person research has become impossible. So instead museums, archives and libraries are turning to their digital collections to engage with audiences and… Continue reading A Guide to online Dance History Resources

A tutu or three … The Mystery of Anna Pavlova’s Dying Swan costume

Anna Pavlova dressed in her costume for The Swan, photographed by the pond at her London home of Ivy House. Copyright MOL. Early last month, barely a week before the world shut down and I was destined to be a quarantined historian rather than a travelling one, I visited the exhibition Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse… Continue reading A tutu or three … The Mystery of Anna Pavlova’s Dying Swan costume

Adventures at West Dean

This blog really should be re-named 'Adventures of a quarantined historian'. I am currently in self-isolation in Boston and won't be doing much travelling anytime soon. So instead I have decided to re-visit my past research adventures and share them weekly. I hope you enjoy this first instalment. I grew up wishing I lived in… Continue reading Adventures at West Dean

Adventures of a Travelling Historian

Welcome to my newly relaunched blog and website! Almost exactly 10 years ago I packed my suitcase and got on a plane to Winnipeg, Canada (in the depths of winter I should add) to start a costume traineeship with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Since I was a teenager I had wanted to become a costume… Continue reading Adventures of a Travelling Historian