Professor Caroline Dakers

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Professor of Cultural History

Central Saint Martins


Caroline Dakers was made Professor of Cultural History at UAL in 1998 and established the BA CCC degree at CSM in 2004. She has a BA Hons degree and a PhD from University College London, both in English Literature, and an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Trustee of the Royal School of Needlework.

Research interests

19th and early 20th-century British cultural history, particularly art, architecture, design, literature and social history.

Research statement

The main focus of my research and publications is British cultural history, particularly 19th and early 20th century. My most recent book examines the collecting and patronage of a family of 19th century millionaire merchants, also their business practices, land management and investment links to North America. Earlier books and papers have covered artists’ studios in London, the cultural history of the country house, the interiors of the Foreign Office, the impact of the First World War on the English and French countrysides and the history of London’s blue plaques.


Current students & thesis titles

Julia Dudkiewicz, From a Home to a Historic House Museum: The Creation, Presentation and Representation of an Artist's House (1871-1938). An Examination of the Multiple Histories of Kelmscott Manor as a Home and a Place of Inspiration for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris.

Miranda Garrett, ‘Professional Women Interior Decorators in Britain, 1874 to 1900.’

Lindsey Moore, Edith Head - "Dress Doctor": Her Role as Disseminator of Fasion Advice and her Involvement with and Influence on American Fashion from 1945 to 1981.

Elena Veguillas Valenciano, Architectural lettering and corporate identity: early branding on commercial buildings.

Vija Vilcins, Framing the garden: national, class and gendered identities in images of gardens in British film and television.

Completed students & thesis titles

Pedro Almeida, Brand Archives: The rescuing of locally specific brand imagery as a graphic design response to the globalization of visual identity.

Selected research outputs