Professor elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Deborah Sugg Ryan, Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of her original contribution to historical scholarship.

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan

The Royal Historical Society, whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen, was founded 150 years ago. It acts as champion both of the interests of the historical profession and of the place of history within our culture and society. Deborah is now entitled to use the letters FRHistS after her name.

Professor Sugg Ryan said: “I am honoured to have been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of my original research in design history. My interests are in fields of everyday 20th century history that were once seen as marginal: the design and decoration of the home, women’s domestic identities, trade and commercial exhibitions, and historical pageants. I welcome the opportunity to get actively involved with the Royal Historical Society’s work, especially in light of their recent reports on gender equality, and race, ethnicity and equality.”

Professor Sugg Ryan’s recent research resulted in her monograph Ideal Homes, 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism, published by Manchester University Press in 2018 and shortlisted for the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion for an outstanding contribution to architectural history.

She is series consultant and onscreen expert for BBC2’s A House Through Time (highly commended in the Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards), which will be returning for a second series in 2019. She is currently writing a book on the past, present and future of the kitchen.

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