Angeline Hayles-Henderson


Thesis Title

Law, Abolition and Social Reform 1770-1865


Keele University in collaboration with the V&A Wedgwood Collection (VAWC)


Dr Kristen Brill (Keele University)
Professor Alannah Tomkins (Keele University)
Dr Oliver Cox ( Head of Academic Partnerships, (V&A)
Lucy Lead (VAWC)

Research Summary

Few current histories of the Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion probe beyond its immediate context. This thesis will properly place the Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion into context for the first time by investigating key issues surrounding global social reform and the broad and complex interconnections between the British abolition movement from the late eighteenth century, and American social reform movements in the mid-nineteenth century. It will explore the multiple and overlapping ways in which material and visual culture, as represented in the Wedgwood collection and the broader collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum could shape the iconography and rhetoric of social reform.

Research Interests

British Empire, American History, Legal History ( Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century)
Material Culture and Visual Culture.


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