Dr Vivienne Richmond

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department History
Email v.richmond (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7980
Dr Vivienne Richmond

Academic qualifications

  • BA Historical Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London 1998
  • MRes History, Goldsmiths, University of London 2000
  • PhD History Goldsmiths, University of London 2004 (Thesis: “No Finery”: The Dress of the Poor in Nineteenth-Century England)
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


Second and Third year courses

Third year Special Subject


Research Interests

Dr Vivienne Richmond's principal field of research is the effect of industrialisation on British working-class life, with a particular focus on dress and textiles. She  completed a monograph, Clothing the Poor in Nineteenth-century England (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2013), and other projects in progress include work on women, needlework and disability in late Victorian/Edwardian England and the material culture of death among the London poor 1832-70.

Dr Vivienne Richmond is also interested in public history and research methodology, especially the use of visual, material and fictional sources as historical evidence. She would welcome enquiries from people who wish to undertake a research degree in British nineteenth- and/or twentieth-century cultural history.

Doctoral research students

Jane Custance Baker, 'Decoding dress in interwar detective fiction'
Cheryl Deedman, 'The impact of nineteenth-century popular literature on young women's mentalities'
John Woolf, 'The Freak Show in nineteenth-century Britain'


Vera Douie Fellow, The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, 2005-06



Richmond, Vivienne. 2013. Clothing the Poor in Nineteenth-Century England. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107042278

Edited Book

Richmond, Vivienne and Rose, Clare, eds. 2010. Working-Class Dress, vol. 3 of Clothing, Society, Culture in Nineteenth-century England 3 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto. ISBN 1848930124

Richmond, Vivienne and Rose, Clare, eds. 2010. Clothing, Society and Culture in Nineteenth-Century England. London, UK: Pickering & Chatto. ISBN 9781848930124

Book Section

Richmond, Vivienne. 2016. 'Status'. In: Denise Amy Baxter, ed. A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion, Vol. 5, The Age of Empire (1800-1920). 5 London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 121-139. ISBN 9781472557490

Richmond, Vivienne. 2016. Stitching Women: Unpicking Histories of Victorian Clothes. In: Hannah Greig; Jane Hamlett and Leonie Hannan, eds. Gender and Material Culture in Britain Since 1600. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 90-103. ISBN 9781137340641

Richmond, Vivienne. 2014. Crafting Inclusion for ‘Invalid’ Women: The Girls’ Friendly Society Central Needlework Depôt, 1899–1947. In: Beverly Lemire; Janice Helland and Alena Buis, eds. Craft, Community and the Material Culture of Place and Politics, 19th-20th Century. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 161-176. ISBN 9781409462071

Richmond, Vivienne. 2010. The English Church Jumble Sale: Parochial Charity in the Modern Age. In: Ilja Van Damme and Jon Stobart, eds. Modernity and the Second-Hand Trade: European Consumption Cultures and Practices 1700-1900. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 242-258. ISBN 9780230229464

Richmond, Vivienne. 2009. Stitching the Self: Eliza Kenniff’s Drawers and the Materialization of Identity in Late-Nineteenth-Century London. In: Maureen Goggin and Beth Fowkes Tobin, eds. Women and things: Gendered material practices, 1750-1950. Ashgate, pp. 43-54. ISBN 9780754665502


Richmond, Vivienne. 2010. Rubbish or Riches? Buying from Church Jumble Sales in late-Victorian England. Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2(3), pp. 327-341. ISSN 1755-750X

Richmond, Vivienne. 2009. 'Indiscriminate liberality subverts the Morals and depraves the habits of the Poor': A Contribution to the Debate on the Poor Law, Parish Clothing Relief and Clothing Societies in Early Nineteenth-Century England. Textile History, 40(1), pp. 51-69. ISSN 0040-4969

Richmond, Vivienne. 2007. It is not a Society for human beings but for virgins: The Girls' Friendly Society membership eligibility dispute 1875-1936. Journal of Historical Sociology, 20(3), pp. 304-327. ISSN 09521909

Conference or Workshop Item

Greenan, Althea; George, Rosalyn P.; Joncus, Berta; Richmond, Vivienne and Wolf, Nicole. 2014. 'Feminism@Goldsmiths'. In: Feminism@Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.


Richmond, Vivienne. 2007. Bear Ye One Another's Burdens, The Girls' Friendly Society 1875-2005.

Exhibition Catalogue

Richmond, Vivienne. 2016. A Remedy for Rents: Darning Samplers and Other Needlework from the Whitelands College Collection.