Anna Vaughan-Kett lectures and researches in dress history.
Her interests centre on political expressions through dress, and primarily the work of Quaker women anti-slavery activists in Britain and America in the nineteenth century in relation to textiles and dress, the Free Produce Movement, and British women’s activism against slave-grown cotton goods during the mid-nineteenth century.Image: The Quaker Clark family wearing Free Labour Cotton Clothing, 1868. Courtesy of the Library of the Religious Society of Friends, London.
Anna Vaughan-Kett's research interests centre on political expressions through dress, and primarily the work of Quaker women anti-slavery activists in Britain and America in the nineteenth century. She is currently researching further into Quaker women, textiles and dress, the Free Produce Movement, and British women’s activism against slave-grown cotton goods during the mid-nineteenth century. Current projects include further investigation into ‘free’ cotton cloth produced in Manchester and Carlisle, the packages of aid sent by Quakers to freed slaves in Kansas and the humanitarian work of the Quaker shoemaking Clark family of Street, and their extended kinship networks in Britain and America.
Anna Vaughan-Kett completed a PhD in Design History in 2012 at the University of Brighton, supervised by Dr. Louise Purbrick and Dr. Anita Rupprecht and examined by Prof. Eileen Yeo and Prof. Clare Midgley. Thesis entitled; ‘Quaker Women, the Free Produce Movement and British Anti-Slavery Campaigns: The Free Labour Cotton Depot in Street 1853-1858’. Prior to this, she completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting (1st Class) and postgraduate degrees in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art (Distinction) and in History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton (Distinction), where her thesis was entitled; ‘When Fashion Promoted Humanity: Messages and Meanings in the Wedgwood Slave Medallion 1787-1807’.
‘Quaker Women and Anti-Slavery Activism: Eleanor Clark and the Free Labour Cotton Depot in Street’, Quaker Studies. Volume 19, Issue 1, September 2014 pp.137-156.
‘”Without the Consumers of Slave Produce There Would be no Slaves”. Wearing Belief, Quaker Women, Dress and Anti-Slavery Activism 1853-1858’, in Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank (eds) Quakers and Abolition 1657-1865, University of Illinois Press.
‘Cotton Anti-Slavery and Empire: Issues in the Atlantic Supply Chain for Free-Labour Cotton in the 1850s’, Pennsylvania Historical Society Annual Conference, Gettysburg, USA (16-19 October).
‘The PhD Journey’ History Lab Symposium, Institute of Historical Research, University of London 10 October).
‘Wearing Anti-Slavery Activism: British Quaker Women and Free-Labour Cotton Dress in the 1850s’, History Lab Annual Conference, Institute of Historical Research, University of London (13-14 June).
‘Wearing Belief: Quakers and Free-Cotton in the 1850s’, Developments in Dress History, University of Brighton (7-9 December).
‘Wearing Belief: Women Quakers and the Free Produce Movement in Britain 1853-1858’, Quakers and Slavery 1657-1865, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, Philadelphia, USA (4-6th November).
'”Buy For the Sake of the Slave”: The Street Free Labour Cotton Depot 1853-1858’,Quaker History Group, Friends House, London (23 October).
‘The Clarks of Street, Transatlantic Co-operation and the Free Produce Movement in Britain’, Liberating Sojourn: Black Abolitionist Visitors to Britain, Faculty of History, University of Liverpool (23-25 April).
‘The Clarks of Street, Transatlantic Co-operation and the Free Produce Movement in Britain’, Student Research Day, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton (10 October).
‘When Fashion Promoted Humanity: The Wedgwood Slave Medallion 1787-1807’,Brighton Postgraduate design History Society Annual Conference (6 June).