Richer London

An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Dr Sally Holloway

Adjunct Assistant Professor in History

Dr Sally Holloway

Dr Sally Holloway


I received my BA in History (First Class) from the University of Sheffield and MA in Modern History (with Distinction) from King’s College London. I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway in 2013, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). I am currently converting my thesis into a monograph entitled Romantic Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions & Material Culture c. 1714-1830.

I am an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions, and an Associate Researcher at Historic Royal Palaces.

Since 2014 I have conducted research for factual history programmes on BBC 2, BBC Four and BBC Radio 4, presented by Professor Amanda Vickery, Dr Faramerz Dabhoiwala, Professor Thomas Dixon, and Dr Lucy Worsley.

 I have previously held fellowships at Chawton House Library and the Australian Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. I am the Postdoctoral Convenor of the British History in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and a member of the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE), British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) and Social History Society.



Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, ed. Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway & Sarah Randles (under contract with Oxford University Press series ‘Emotions in History’)

Articles & Book Chapters

“You know I am all on fire”: Writing the Adulterous Affair in England c. 1740-1830’, Historical Research, Vol. 89, Issue 244 (2016), pp. 317-39 (Open Access)

‘Emotional Textiles: An Introduction’, co-authored with Alice Dolan, Textile, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2016), pp. 152-9.

‘Textiles’ in Susan Broomhall (ed.) Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (London and New York, 2017), pp. 161-5.

‘A Feeling for Things: Past & Present’ co-authored with Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles in Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2017)

‘Materialising Maternal Emotions: Birth, Celebration & Renunciation in England c. 1688-1830’ in Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, ed. Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway & Sarah Randles (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2017)


Review of Lovers’ Vows with Elizabeth A. Dolan, Artifice Productions, Chawton House Library, BSECS Criticks (2014)

Review of The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760, ed. Desmond Shawe-Taylor (Royal Collection, 2014), The Economic History Review, Vol. 68, No. 2 (2015), pp. 732-3.

Review of Jennine Hurl-Eamon, Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2014), Social History, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2015), pp. 398-400.

Review of Claire Langhamer, The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013), IHR Reviews in History, Review no. 1539 (2014)

Select Conference & Seminar Papers

2017       [Invited talk] ‘Visualizing Heartbreak in Georgian England’, ‘Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800’ Symposium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2017       ‘Objects & Intimacy: Sensing Romantic Love in Georgian England’, International Society for Cultural History Conference, Umeå University

2016       [Invited talk] ‘The Script for Love: Romantic Lexicon in Eighteenth-Century England’, University of Adelaide

2016       [Invited talk] ‘Love in Letters’, ‘The Distinction between Passion and Emotion’ Workshop, University of Western Australia

2016       ‘Putting History on TV’, Centre for Learning & Teaching Symposium ‘Using Film Effectively in Learning & Teaching’, Richmond University

2015       [Invited talk] ‘Sensory Interaction with Courtship Gifts in Georgian England’, Centre for the Study of the Body & Material Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London

2014       [Invited talk] ‘Romantic Things’, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Seminar Series ‘Things: Material Cultures 1500-1900’, University of Cambridge

2014       ‘Writing the Adulterous Affair in England c. 1730-1830’, British History in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research

2012       ‘Textile Transformations: Women’s Creation of Courtship and Birth Tokens’, Texts & Textiles Conference, Jesus College, Cambridge

2011       ‘Romantic Love and the Eighteenth-Century Self’, Early Modern Selves Conference, Trinity College, Cambridge

2011       ‘Eighteenth-Century Love Tokens & the Material Expression of Affection’, Material Networks  Networked Materials’ Symposium, Bard Graduate Centre, New York

2010  ‘The Emotional Experience of Love Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century’, Women’s History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research

    Get in touch

    I teach on:
    BA History

    Programmes I teach on:
    HST5420 – Comparative Monarchies: Games of Thrones

    HST5210 – Of Myths & Monsters: History of History

    HST6215 History on Film

    HST6420 – Visualizing Enlightenment: Art, Ideas & Material Culture c. 1685-1800

    Research Interest & Expertise:
    History of emotions, courtship, marriage, the life-cycle, gender, letter-writing, visual and material culture, textiles, court history.