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Research interests

Interdisciplinary Research, centred primarily in Dress History, Theatre History and Material Culture. Specialist in historic Theatre Costume, particularly from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Research interests

Dr. Veronica Isaac has a background in the museum sector and worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum for ten years. She has also carried out freelance projects for museums and private collections around Britain and lectures widely.

She currently works as a freelance curator, lecturer and writer, and, alongside her work for the University of Brighton teaches at the New York University London and Rose Bruford University.

An interdisciplinary dress historian, her BA was in English Literature and History whilst her MA focused on Museum and Gallery Studies with a specialist pathway in Historic Textiles and Dress. In September 2016 she completed a PhD thesis investigating the personal and theatrical dress of the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928).

Her particular specialism is the history of dress and theatre costume and dress from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century, but her interests and publications extend beyond this.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton


Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

University of Southampton


Award Date: 23 Jul 2009

University of York


Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

External positions

Lecturer, New York University, London

1 Jan 2018 → …

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Research Output

Costumes Centre Stage: 'Re-membering' Ellen Terry

Isaac, V., 20 Aug 2020, Performance Costume: New Perspectives. Pantouvaki, S. & McNeil, P. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • 'Re-Dressing The Part': The scenographic strategies of Ellen Terry (1847-1928)

    Isaac, V., May 2020, (Accepted/In press) Scenography and Art History: Performance Design and Visual Culture. Kjellmer, V. & Van Rosen, A. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Ellen Terry & Smallhythe Place, Kent

    Isaac, V., 2018, 48 p. National Trust.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • The Enigma of Ellen Terry (1847-1928)

    Isaac, V., 14 Nov 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 Editorial work

    Studies in Costume and Performance (Journal)

    Veronica Isaac (Reviewer)

    1 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Curatorial Advice

    Veronica Isaac (Consultant)

    1 Jul 201830 Sep 2018

    Activity: Consultancy