Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth-century Britain. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, having completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of York. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, as well as visiting research fellowships at the Royal Archives through the Georgian Papers Programme, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary University London and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. Her research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with focus on three key sites: the collected and found object, the manuscript and the inscribed surface. Her work appears in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review, and she is currently preparing a monograph, The Duchess’s Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, for publication.
Madeleine is the recipient of a conference bursary award.