Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student
I am a PhD student and an AHRC scholar co-supervised by Dr Alexandra Hoare and Professor Maria Hayward at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton. My thesis, entitled ‘The Spanish Tudors: Self-Fashioning the Anglo-Spanish Elite through Dress, c.1554-1603’, examines the luxury costume worn within Philip II of Spain’s court, its dissemination to the English courts of Mary I and Elizabeth I and the act - or ‘performance’ - of dressing amongst their elite members. My research interests broadly include: costume and textiles history, experimental archaeology (historic costume reproduction), Anglo-Spanish material exchanges, the Spanish leather trade, Spanish and Spanish American visual and material culture, and performance and gender studies. I hold an MA in History of Art and Spanish from the University of St Andrews (First Class, 2013) and an MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture from Trinity College, Oxford (2014).
I also have experience working in the Museums and Heritage Sector for the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, National Museums Wales and the National Trust. In 2013-14, I held the position of Ashmolean Associate for which I curated a temporary display on Grinling Gibbons, entitled 'Ex Uno Omnia: Everything Out of One'. Previous to this, I worked as a research assistant and technician on the summer exhibitions, 'A World of Welsh Copper' and 'Golden Venture', at National Museums Wales. I currently work as a Library volunteer at the Brunel Institute of the ss Great Britain Trust.
‘Introduction to Early Modern Art’ (Teaching Assistant, TB1/2)
Awards and Grants:
Pleydell, Bethany. ‘Mapping the Renaissance Body: English Attitudes to Spanish National Dress in the Sixteenth Century’, TEXT (forthcoming)
Pleydell, Bethany. ‘Cloak and Swagger: The Violent History of the Renaissance Cloak’, BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, Issue 4: Fashion and Violence (2016), pp.58-67; 107.
Pleydell, Bethany. ‘Ex Uno Omnia: Everything Out of One, A Student Engagement Project at the Ashmolean Museum, 2014’, ashmolean.org, May 2014, web. http://www.ashmolean.org/departments/uep/exunoomnia/2/
Conferences/ Seminar Series (co-convened):
‘Literary and Visual Landscapes Seminar Series', University of Bristol, 2016-2017
'All the World’s A Stage: Performing Identity in Everyday Life’, one-day interdisciplinary conference, University of Bristol, 1st July 2016
Conference Papers and Poster Displays: