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Dr Madeleine Pelling is a writer and historian, specialising in early-modern art and culture in Britain (c. 1600-1900). She holds a PhD from the University of York, and her words appear in The Guardian, The Independent, BBC History Magazine and History Today. Her book, Writing on the Wall: Romance and Rebellion in Eighteenth-Century Britain, is forthcoming with Profile Books. 

Madeleine has held research fellowships at the universities of Yale, Edinburgh and Manchester, and regularly appears as an expert for TV and podcasts. She is available for consultancy and media work, and is represented by Charlotte Merritt at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Literary Agency



Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and Rebellion in Eighteenth-Century Britain (forthcoming with Profile Books)

A Cultural History of Historiography: The Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1650-1800. Co-edited with Stefan Berger (Bloomsbury Academic, under contract for 2023)

Pop Enlightenments: The Eighteenth Century Now. Co-edited with Emrys Jones (In preparation)

Guest Edited Special Issues

‘Women and the Making of History, c. 1500 – The Present’ special Issue, History, journal of the Historical Association, vol 106, no. 372 (Winter, 2021)

Journal Articles

‘“Most Curious Memorials”: Inscribing Historic Graffiti at the Eighteenth-Century Tower of London.’ (Under review, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies)

‘The Material World of Outlander: Objects Through Time.’ Co-authored with Rosie Waine (Forthcoming, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation)

‘Introduction.’ Co-authored with Lilian Tabois. In ‘Women and the Making of History, c. 1500 – The Present’ special Issue, History, journal of the Historical Association, vol 106, no. 372 (Winter, 2021)

‘Recentring Peripheral Queerness and Marginal Art in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)’ Humanities 10, no. 2: 73.

‘Reimagining Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots: Women’s Antiquarianism and Domestic Identities, c. 1750 – 1800.’ Women’s History Review 29, no. 7 (2020): pp. 1085-1113. DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2019.1666965

‘Selling the Duchess: Narratives of Celebrity in A Catalogue of the Portland Museum (1786).’ Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 13, no. 2 (Spring 2019): pp. 3-32. DOI: 10.1353/emw.2019.0001

‘Crafting Friendship: Mary Delany’s Album of Découpage and Queen Charlotte’s Pocketbook’ Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Special Issue 'Eighteenth-Century Albums,’ (October 2018)

‘Collecting the World: Female Friendship and Domestic Craft at Bulstrode Park.’ Journal for Eighteenth- Century Studies 41, no. 1 (January 2018): pp. 101-120.  DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12520

Chapters in Edited Collections

‘Theme Parks and Seaside Resorts: Rethinking Material and Visual Culture in Austenland (2013) and Sanditon (2019).’ In Hannah Moss and Joe Bray eds. Jane Austen and the Arts (Forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press, 2022)

‘Introduction to Letters between Elizabeth Montagu and the Duchess of Portland.’ Co-authored with Anni Sairio. In Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online (Forthcoming, 2022)

‘I made memorandums’: Mary Hamilton, Sociability, and Antiquarianism in the Eighteenth-Century Collection’ In Arlene Leis and Kacie Wills eds., Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Routledge, 2020)

‘Commentary to Plate 43. Roman Pavements Discovered in Pitt Mead Near Warminster, 1786.’ In Noah Heringman, Crystal B. Lake, Katharina Boehm, and Matthew M. Reeve eds., Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, A Digital Edition (Society of Antiquaries and the University of Missouri, 2020)


Media & Consultancy 

Madeleine writes for a number of national publications including The Guardian, The Independent, BBC History Magazine and History Today. She has also appeared onscreen as an expert for the BBC and Warner Bros and acted as a consultant for heritage institutions including Historic Royal Palaces. She is available for consultancy work, media appearances and events. To enquire about her availability, please click here

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Literary Enquiries

For all literary enquiries, please contact Charlotte Merritt at Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Media, Consultancy & Talks

For all media enquiries, including consultancy, please email 

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