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Pasold Governors    

  • Mr Donald Anderson OBE  (Chair)
  • Professor Christopher Breward
  • Dr Mary Brooks
  • Ms Clare Browne
  • Dr Alejandra Irigoin
  • Professor Lesley Miller
  • Professor Stana Nenadic
  • Mr Colin Purvis
  • Professor Catherine Richardson
  • Professor Tirthankar Roy
  • Professor John Styles

Pasold Members

  • Professor Reggie Lee Blaszczyk
  • Dr Valerio Cerretano
  • Ms Avalon Fotheringham
  • Mr William Gaunt
  • Professor Margarita Gleba
  • Professor Maria Hayward
  • Professor Beverly Lemire (International Member)
  • Dr Peter Maw
  • Professor Peter McNeil (International)
  • Ms Frances Pritchard
  • Professor Giorgio Riello
  • Prof. Ulinka Rublack
  • Dr Philip Sykas
  • Dr Sally Tuckett
  • Ms Helen Wyld


Dr Bethan Bide
Dr Bethan Bide
Bethan Bide is Lecturer in Design and Cultural Theory at the University of Leeds. Her research considers the business histories of ready-to-wear fashion, the role of fashion and textiles in museums, and the geographies of the fashion and textile industries. She has worked on research projects with a range of partners from the cultural and heritage sector to produce exhibitions and educational and outreach activities.


Donald Anderson
Donald Anderson OBE FRSE (Chair of Governors)
Donald Anderson was formally Chief Economist of Courtaulds plc. In this capacity, and as Chair of the Economic Policy Committee of the European Man-made Fibres Association, he was closely involved in the evolution of the MultiFibre Arrangement governing world trade in textiles, and was the UK Government’s industrial adviser at the World Trade Organisation negotiations in Seattle. His published work includes analyses of textile industry strategy in the context of developing globalisation, and of globalisation’s implications for international trade policy as a whole. Since retiring he has acted as an adviser on economic diplomacy in London, Edinburgh and Washington. He is a former Chair of the Society of Professional Economists, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Chris Breward
Professor Christopher Breward
Christopher Breward is Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland. He was formerly Principal of Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, where he now holds a Visiting Professorship. Before working in Edinburgh Christopher was Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His personal research interests lie in the field of fashion history and he has published widely on fashion's relation to masculinity, metropolitan cultures and concepts of modernity.
Dr Mary Brooks
Dr Mary Brooks
Following her training as a textile conservator at the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace, Mary worked in America and England undertaking both conservation and curatorial roles. In 1998 she returned to the Textile Conservation Centre as Head of Studies and Research and subsequently became Reader and Programme Leader for their MA Museum & Galleries at the University of Southampton. She was Acting Director of Studies, MA Cultural Heritage Management, University of York (2009-10) and Monument Fellow at York Castle Museum (2010-11). She is now at Durham University where she has implemented a new MA in International Cultural Heritage Management. Research interests include seventeenth-century embroideries and the use of X-radiography for the greater understanding of textiles and dress. She was joint editor of the journal Textile History from 2009-2015.
Ms Clare Browne
Ms Clare Browne
Clare Browne is an independent textile historian with research interests in medieval and early modern British and European textiles. She was a Curator of Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, for 30 years, where she is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, and is also a Directing Council member of CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens).
Dr Alehandra Irigoin, Pasold Research Fund
Dr Alejandra Irigoin
Dr Alejandra Irigoin is an Associate Professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics. Here research interests include early modern global economic and monetary history; economic history of Latin America, especially in the colonial period and the comparative political economy of Empire.
Professor Lesley Miller
Professor Lesley Miller
Lesley Miller is Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Glasgow where she teaches on the University’s MLitt in Dress and Textile Histories. She was Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2005-2021) and has been a Vice President of CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) since 2006. Her research interests lie in French and Spanish textiles and dress (design, commerce and manufacturing), her main publications being Selling Silks. A Merchant’s Sample Book 1764 (V&A, 2014) and Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (V&A, 2017).
Mr Colin Purvis
Colin Purvis is now retired, after having spent his working life in the textile industry. From 1994 to 2010 he served as Director General of CIRFS, the European Man-made Fibres Association. This Brussels-based organisation represents the interests of the man-made fibres industry to the European authorities and provides a wide range of services to member companies, notably on technical, statistical, environmental and standardisation issues. During his time in office, the scope of CIRFS, both in topics covered and geographic coverage, was considerably extended. From 1974 to 1993 he was a spokesman for the British textile industry.

Colin Purvis takes a strong interest in the process of innovation in fibres and textiles, and in international trade. In 2002, he co-founded, and subsequently chaired, a forum bringing together man-made fibre associations from every part of the world. In retirement, he continues to take a strong interest in textile issues.

Colin was born in Scotland and holds an M.A. in History from the University of Edinburgh. He now divides his time between Brussels and Barcelona.
 Prof Richardson
Professor Catherine Richardson
Catherine Richardson is Professor of Early Modern Studies and Director of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Kent. Her research is focused on early modern material culture and the history of the creative industries. With a first degree in fashion design, she has a strong interest in dress and textiles, and in their connections to wider cultures of personal, domestic and theatrical display. She has published widely in these areas, including as author of Shakespeare and Material Culture (OUP, 2011) and, with Tara Hamling, A Day at Home in Early Modern England, The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700 (Yale, 2016), and editor of Clothing Culture 1350-1650 (Ashgate, 2004), Everyday Objects (Ashgate, 2010, with Hamling) and The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (2016, also with David Gaimster). She is currently running an AHRC project on ‘The Cultural Lives of the Middling Sort’:
Professor Tirthankar Roy, Pasold Research Fund
Professor Tirthankar Roy
Professor Roy is an economic historian of modern and early-modern South Asia and his particular interests include industrialization, labour and employment, and historiography. He has published widely on the history of textiles in the Indian subcontinent, in particular on weavers and on the cotton textile trade.
Professor John Styles, Pasold Research Fund
Professor John Styles

John Styles is Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where he was previously Research Professor in History. Before taking up his professorship at Hertfordshire, he was Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where he remains Senior Honorary Research Fellow. He specialises in the history of early modern Britain and its empire, especially the study of textiles, material life, manufacturing, and design. His most recent books are The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England (2007), and Threads of Feeling: The London Foundling Hospital’s Textile Tokens, 1740-1770 (2010). His exhibition, ‘Threads of Feeling’, was displayed at the London Foundling Museum in 2010-11 and at the de Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA in 2013-14.

Company Secretary and Treasurer

Dr Christine Boydell
Dr Christine Boydell
Dr Christine Boydell is Senior Honorary Research Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK where she lectured for seventeen years. She is a design historian with a special interest in the history of twentieth century fashion and textiles and has published widely on these subjects, including several books: Horrockses Fashions: Off the Peg Style in the ’40 and ‘50s, The Architect of Floors: modernism, art and Marion Dorn designs and Disentangling Textiles (with Mary Schoeser). She has also curated a number of exhibitions including Horrockses Fashions at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London (2010) and ‘Taking the Plunge’ and ‘Riviera Style’, exhibitions devoted to the history of swimwear. She has worked as a consultant for Leicestershire Museums and Keele University.