Intersecting Spaces

Global North/UK

Alyssa Myers

Dissertation Title

‘My first and last thought is, how it will look’:
Dining in the Eighteenth-Century British Country House

Symposium Panels:

My name is Alyssa and I am from Texas! I am an art and design historian with a focus on 17th and 18th century European ceramics and the British country house. My MA dissertation, ‘My first and last thought is, how it will look’: Dining in the Eighteenth-Century British Country House, explored the eighteenth-century ideologies of artifice and Taste inherent in the exclusively formal country house dinner. I am the co-creator of the design history blog for a non-academic audience, Out of Touch, Out of Time (outoftouchoutoftime2020.wordpress.com). Since graduating from the RCA and V&A History of Design Programme in December 2020, I have spoken at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) 50th Annual Conference and will also be speaking at the French Porcelain Society’s Emerging Scholars Forum and the Association for Art History’s Annual Conference later this year. I am currently working as a part-time assistant with Colnaghi Archive and Art Gallery in London cataloging sales records. My career goals are to pursue my PhD in the future and eventually work as a museum curator in decorative arts and ceramics!

Material History /Virtual World

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA is offered jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. It encourages interdisciplinary, innovative and critical approaches to the history of design across a range of mediums, places and times. Students work closely with the collections and curators at the V&A, as well as participating in the creative community at the RCA.