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Textile History

Textile History
is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal and one of the leading publications in its field. It is currently edited by Dr Mary Brooks and Dr Laura Ugolini.

It was launched in 1968 by the Pasold Research Fund as part of its policy of fostering the publication of research on textile history. An essay detailing the history of the Fund and the journal, writen by David Jenkins for the Anniversary issue of Textile History in 2008, can be accessed by clicking here.

As with the work of the Fund as a whole, the journal takes a very broad and inclusive definition of textile history to include the economic, social and cultural history of textiles, their technological development, design, conservation, the history of dress and other uses of textiles, from prehistory to the present. This includes studies arising from the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of historical textiles and clothing.

In addition to research articles the journal regularly publishes Exhibition Reviews and Object Lessons: the former offers important discussion of major public exhibitions of dress and textiles, whilst the latter illustrates the ways in which the study of objects can inform analysis in scholarly research. The Research Notes section is intended for short discussion of research developments that do not yet warrant a major article. Textile History also publishes book reviews covering a wide cross section of books from all parts of the world, dealing with all aspects of textile and clothing history. Submissions from both established and early career scholars are welcome.



The journal is published twice yearly, in May and November. Forty-one volumes have so far appeared. To do justice to the Fund’s interest in textile art, design and conservation, the journal is printed on art paper with numerous illustrations. From 2006 these have been reproduced in full colour. The journal is published by Maney Publishing on behalf of the Pasold Research Fund. Maney Publishing of Leeds is well known for the quality of their work and have a high reputation in publishing historical and textile journals. From 1983 until 2002 Textile History was edited by Professor Stanley Chapman (University of Nottingham). His work was continued by Professor Beverly Lemire (University of Alberta, Canada), Dr Lesley Miller (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), and Professor Katrina Honeyman (University of Leeds).


The current editors of Textile History are Dr Mary Brooks and Dr Laura Ugolini.The Exhibition Reviews Editor is Dr Dinah Eastop; and the Book Review Editor is Dr Christine Boydell.

The editors invite the submission of research articles (maximum 10,000 words) or brief communications, for example, reviews of major conferences or exhibitions (maximum 2,000 words) that fall within the aims and scope of the journal. Authors are encouraged to submit colour illustrations with their manuscripts, where possible. Research articles for consideration should be sent to either of the Editors at the addresses below, preferably in electronic format. Authors should first follow carefully the detailed instructions regarding layout and house style. These can be found on the publisher's website at and on the inside back cover of issues of the journal.

NEWS. Top ranking for Textile History by the European Science Foundation

The aim of the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) is to enhance the global visibility of high-quality research in the Humanities across all of Europe. Textile History has been ranked by the ERIH as an 'A' graded journal. This means that the European Science Foundation recognises the journal to be an international publication with high visibility and influence among researchers in various research domains in different countries, and that it is regularly cited all over the world.


Dilys Blum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Richard Candee, Boston University, USA
Stanley D. Chapman, UK
Florence Charpigny, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
Serge Chassagne, Centre Pierre Léon d’Histoire Economique et Sociale, Lyon, France                       
Linda Grove, Sophia University, Japan
Adrienne Hood, University of Toronto, Canada
Toshio Kusamitsu, University of Tokyo, Japan
Beverly Lemire, University of Alberta, Canada

Margaret Maynard, University of Queensland, Australia
Trudy Nicks, Department of Ethnology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
Marie-Louise Nosch, Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prasannan Parthasarathi, Department of History, Boston College, USA
Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, UK
Mary Rose, Lancaster University, UK
Verity Wilson, Oxford, UK

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Articles should be submitted by email to one of the Jounal's editors:

Dr Mary Brooks.
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Dr Laura Ugolini.
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If you are unable to submit your article by email, please send 4 paper copies to: The Journal Editor, c/o Mrs. Amy Evans, Textile History, Pasold Research Fund, Department of History, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

Books for review should be sent to the Book Review Editor:

Dr Christine Boydell.
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Address: School of Humanities, Faculty of Art, Design & Humanities, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, United Kingdom.

Authors wishing to write or submit a short review of an exhibition, conference or other event should first contact one of the Editors. Enquiries concerning Exhibition reviews should be made to:

Dr Dinah Eastop
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It is important that submitting authors read and follow the instructions about the text format required.
If you wish to join the panel of potential book reviewers please contact Christine Boydell.


Volume 45 Issue 1 (May 2014)

Veiling the Late Roman House, John W. Stephenson

Immigrants and Apprentices: Solutions to the Post-War Labour Shortage in the West Yorkshire Wool Textile Industry, 1945–1980, Laura Price

Fashion and Consumption of Painted and Printed Calicoes in the Mediterranean during the later Seventeenth Century: The Case of Chintz Quilts and Banyans in Marseilles, Olivier Raveux

Capturing Understanding of Women’s Embroidery Designs: A Methodology for Research and a Critique of Cataloguing Databases using the Example of Women’s Embroidery in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Moira Thunder

Evaluating the Manufacturing and Retailing Practices of H. J. & D. Nicoll through a c. 1860 Boy’s Suit, Clare Rose


Volume 44 Issue 2 (November 2013)

Spinners and the Law: Regulating Yarn Standards in the English Worsted Industries, 1550–1800, John Styles

The Kaduna Textile Industry and the Decline of Textile Manufacturing in Northern Nigeria, 1955–2010, Salihu Maiwada and Elisha Renne

Shawls of the Germans from Russia: Connections to the Past, Ann W Braaten and Marilyn R DeLong

Research Note ‘Lost in Oblivion’: James Noble of the Noble Comb, Derek Barker

Object Lesson Jamaican Lace-Bark: Its History and Uncertain Future, Emily Brennan, Lori-Ann Harris and Mark Nesbitt


ANNUAL PRIZE for Best Article in Textile History


2013. Elizabeth Kramer, '"Not So Japan-Easty": The British Reception of Japanese Dress in the Late Nineteenth Century', 44, 1.


Previous winners:

2012. Victoria Lopez Barahona and Jose' Nieto Sanchez,  'Dressing the Poor: The Provisioning of Clothing Among the Lower Classes of Eighteenth-century Madrid', 43, 1.

2011. Kaori O’Connor, ‘The Ladybird, the Dressing Gown and Pasolds: Cultural Icons of the "Golden Age'"of British Childhood’, vol. 42, 1.

2010. Marshall Joseph Becker, ‘Match Coats and the Military: Mass-Produced Clothing for Native Americans as Parallel Markets in the Seventeenth Century’ 41, Supplement 1.

2009. David M. Mitchell, ‘My purple will be too sad for that melancholy room’: Furnishings for Interiors in London and Paris, 1660-1735’, vol. 40, 1.

2008. Sarah Cheang, 'Dragons in the Drawing Room: Chinese Embroideries in British Homes, 1860-1949', vol. 39, 2.

2007. Clare Rose ''The novelty consists in the ornamental design': Design Innovation in Mass-Produced Boys' Clothing, 1840-1900', vol. 38, 1.

2006. Harald Deceulaer, 'Between Medieval Continuities and Early Modern Change: Proto industrialization and Consumption in the Southern Low Countries (1300-1800)', vol. 37, 2.


Each annual volume consists of two issues totalling at least 250 pages. The annual subscription is maintained at a low rate through the financial support of the Pasold Research Fund. All overseas copies, dollar or sterling, are sent by air speed.

All subscriptions, orders for back issues etc. should be sent to Publications Sales Department, Maney Publishing, Suite 1C, Joseph's Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB, UK. (fax: +44 (0) 113 386 8178), or to Maney Publishing North America, 875 Massachusetts Ave, 7th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA (fax: 617 354 6875).

Details of the journal, including current subscription rates and an order form, as well as details of back issues can be found at

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