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Professor Maria Hayward PhD, PGDip Textile conservation, BA

Professor of Early Modern History; Deputy Head of Department; Ancient History Coordinator

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Professor Maria Hayward is a Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton.

Maria Hayward graduated with a history degree before undertaking the post graduate diploma in textile conservation at the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC), Hampton Court Palace. After working as a conservator and completing a PhD in History at the London School of Economics, she worked at the TCC, both at Hampton Court and after it joined the University of Southampton in 1999. During this time she was Head of Studies and Research and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2004-07). In 2004 she was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In 2008 she transferred to History. Her publications include The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall: The Palace and Its Keeper (2004), Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice, edited with Frances Lennard (2005), Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII (2007), Rich Apparel: Clothing and the Law in Henry VIII's England (2009), and The 1547 Inventory of King Henry VIII: Volume 2: Textiles and Dress, edited with Philip Ward (2012).

Research interests

Tudor and Stuart material culture especially textiles and clothing. This includes the changing style of garments and accessories, their cut and construction and the networks of suppliers and makers involved in their production. Other research interests include the links between the court at Westminster and the city of London, early modern gift giving, early modern jewellery and jewellers, and what people wore to their executions.

Current research projects
I am working on a book on the clothing of the Stuart kings, in terms of the types of garments being worn and the craftsmen who made them. This has resulted in work on the furnishing of Charles II's apartments and his yachts.

Other interests include the use of perfume at the Tudor and Stuart courts.

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Book Chapters


Henry VIII: Reputation and Reality (HIST1094) course leader
Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II (HIST2059) course leader
Creating an imperial image: Augustus (HIST2075) course leader
Alternative Histories: History and Literature (HIST3122) - co-teacher
Fashioning the Tudor Court (Special Subject - HIST3126, 3127) course leader
English Renaissance Textiles and Dress (MA Option CMRC6005) course leader

Areas where I can offer postgraduate supervision
Medieval and early modern textiles and clothing, including trade and production
The Tudor and Stuart court culture

Professor Maria Hayward
Building 65 Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2059

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