Selected Papers


‘Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes’, Vote 100 Regional Suffrage Conference, Houses of Parliament


”We are militant only so the vote can be won’: five years of suffrage campaigning in Birmingham’, Friends of Birmingham Archives & Heritage Annual Lecture, Library of Birmingham


”I attack this work of art deliberately!’ Bertha Ryland and the slashing of Master Thornhill’, Library of Birmingham lunchtime lecture

‘Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes’, The Suffragette Legacy, People’s History Museum, Manchester


‘Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes’, Women’s Histories: The Local and the Global, International Federation for Research in Women’s History & Women’s History Network, Sheffield Hallam University

Round table discussion, ‘Material Geopolitics: The Great Game by War Boutique’, New Geographical Frontiers, Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, London


”The language of sign is the language of nature’: an exploration into the archive of Birmingham’s Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf’, Disability and the Victorians, Leeds Trinity University College

‘Dinosaurs, Knights and Riots: The Birmingham Pageant of 1938’, Birmingham Central Library lunchtime talk


‘The power of composition: a prehistory of art therapy’, British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Birmingham



‘Beyond geopower: earthly and anthropic geopolitics in The Great Game by War Boutique’ (co-authored with Alan Ingram & Isla Forsyth), Cultural Geographies, January 2016

Edited collections

‘Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes’, Suffragette Legacy, eds., Camilla Mork Rostovik and Ella Louise Sutherland ( Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015)

”One universal family’: John George Wood, Charles Darwin and the visual re-ordering of nature’, Science in the Nursery: The Popularisation of Science in Britain and France, 1761-1901, ed., Laurence Talaraich-Vielmas (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)

”What is meant by this system?’ Charles Darwin and the visual re-ordering of nature’, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts exhibition catalogue, eds., Diana Donald and Jane Munro (Yale University Press, 2009)

Exhibition guides

Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace & reconciliation (Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, 2013)

‘The field calls me to labour’: watercolours of nineteenth-century rural Britain by Robert Hills (1769-1844) and his contemporaries (Fitzwilliam Museum, 2008)

Exhibition reviews

The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies & Watercolours, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2011

The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, The Burlington Magazine, December 2010

J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2010

Online exhibitions

Children’s Lives,

‘Birmingham Pageant’ and ‘Gwen Lally’,



‘The Nature of the Beast: depictions of the exotic animal in nineteenth-century British visual culture’, University of Aberdeen, 2006