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Dr Holly-Gale  Millette BA, MA, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr HollyGale Millette is Senior Teaching Fellow within Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton.

Holly-Gale was a Lecturer for the University of East Anglia, City University and Royal Holloway, University of London before she took her post here. She has, and continues to work as a Research Assistant/Fellow Internationally, conducting social and archival humanities-based research. Holly-Gale is visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of Sussex, NYU and the University of Ohio and an external examiner at another UK University. She has been very active as a Lecturer in the Free University Movement, especially in London and the South.

She is a Transatlantic Cultural and Social Historian with a firm interest in identity theory and performances of transgression and liminality. Primarily a Late-Victorianist and Gothicist, her research is concerned with the deep-mapping of the in-between, ruptured, palimpsestic, chronotropic and the transitional. Her publications are numerous and international.

Outside academia Holly-Gale has experience as a writer (social impact, heritage strategy, business innovation and community value consultation), as a performer (West End, Performance Art, Devised and Site Specific and Classical) and as an organiser (Union Rep, Political Agitator, Travellers Movement). Most of this work she is still engaged in, although in a Consultancy and/or Trustee capacity.

Research interests

I am a Cultural and Social Historian with an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts background. My PhD specialised in late Victorian and Edwardian Transatlantic creative cultures and intersectional identity histories. Since then I have focused on spatial, political and psychosocial representations of history and culture in Gothic and New Urban Gothic texts as it is there that we find socially relevant in-betweens, cultural theory and transmedial texts that speak to our post-human intersections in the Anthropocene.

Recent research and writing has been on the spatial turn in tourism and national mythmaking in the 1970 – 1980’s; masculinities and monstrous capital as situated in Thatcherite neoliberalism; trauma and epigenetics in light of the affective turn; and Precarity and Globalisation in the Academy.

Specific areas of research interests and Research Student Supervision are:

  • adapted and transmedia texts
  • celebrity studies
  • material cultures of liberalism and neoliberalism
  • critical and contextual studies
  • narratives of ruin and the anthropocene
  • social geographies of urban place
  • motherhood and masculinities in the colonial and post-colonial  
  • the intersectional, the transitional and the chronotopic
  • travellers and the travelled to


Senior Personal Tutor, PGT

Ethics Committee Submissions Reviewer

Departmental UCU Representative

UCU Caseworker



Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers (ACERT)

National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA)

Trustee, Clapton Arts (CAT)

Trustee and Chair of the Risk Committee, London Gypsy and Travellers (LGT

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Book Chapters

Creative Media and Artefacts


I was the Programme Leader of Research Methods across three PGT Programmes between 2012 and 2015, and I still teach research methods on the degree platforms I teach on. Research Methodologies is no longer taught as a core MA course at WSA.

I am the Module Leader and sole teacher on ARTD6156: Exploring the Visual Language of Display which operates across all 11 PGT Programmes.

I deliver ARTD6113-37757 and ARTD6114-37757: PAS 1 & 2 for the Luxury Brand Management MA

I deliver History, Contexts and Sustainability teaching for ARTD6144: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Luxury.

I am key part of the Supervision team for ARTD6147 and I also teach and Supervise, as needed, across degree platforms and courses.

I run my own consultancy to deliver programming and workshops to HEI’s in collaboration with Museums and Archives. Examples since 2011 include, but are not limited to:

Finishing the Hat
Heritage Brands and Hatters with the London Metropolitan Archives & WSA      2018 – 2019

Archiving Politics and Protest                                                                       2016 – 2017
BFI Television Archive & CaNDI

Savage Events – Designing a Retrospective                                                  2015 - 2016
Immersive Learning with the BBC Archive & the University of Southampton

Conserving Counter-Culture in a Conservative Space – The Case of Westwood 2014 - 2015
Clothworkers’ Company Archive & WSA

Archiving Costume and Jewellery Design                                                    2013 - 2014
V&A Theatre and Performance Archives w/ the Art and Design Archive  

Innovation and Entrepreneurialism in the Archives                                   2012 - 2013
City of London Business Library & Norwich Business School

Bishopsgate Olympic Learning                                                                     2012
Global Citizens Project w/ City University Access Learning Students

British Life in the Margins Workshop (Working with Marginalia)            2011 - 2012
University of East Anglia w/the Women’s Museum

Revolting Citizens Workshop – Bishopsgate and Occupy, London 2011
City University, and a Bishopsgate Institute Archive w/ additional trip to Occupy LND’s Learning Tent

I am community and enterprise active and have been known to engage with the activists and policy makers to affect local change

Dr Holly-Gale Millette
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire. SO23 8DL United Kingdom

Room Number : 63G/T3021

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