Katherine Elliott

History of Design

Sealed Patterns for a Swedish Soldiers Uniform, Model 1756

Title of Dissertation: Leather, Linen and Layering in Bloodshed and Warfare: An investigation into the development of English military clothing through the study of production, supply and materials, 1645–1708

This dissertation looks at how the development of English military clothing supply systems led to a uniformed and professional fighting force between 1645 and 1708. This project sets up and identifies certain physical and psychological needs that a soldiers clothing of this period had to satisfy and investigates the developments in military clothing supply in relation to the more successful fulfilment of these needs. The subsequent discussion of the materiality of particular items of soldiers and officers clothing the linen undershirt, buff coat and woollen coat illustrates the role that clothing played in a soldiers life and the manner in which these physical and psychological needs were satisfied.

Finally notions of uniform and customisation are considered in order to discuss how the development of more regulated systems of supply and clothing, with layers of meaning that were subsequently layered onto the body, led to a professional force with a strong identity as a whole and in its individual parts, in turn leading to a more disciplined and successful military force in England. This project has also provided me with a wealth of opportunities to develop independent skills in curating that I hope to pursue in my future career.

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Courtesy of the Armémuseum, Stockholm, Sweden, AM 23009, AM 23010, AM 22994 and AM 22995

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BA (Hons), Philosophy, University of Nottingham, 2010


Volunteer for the 1600–1800 Europe Galleries Project, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012 to present; Saturday Retrieval Team, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011–12


Field Voices, unmakingthings.com, 2012


'Clothing Soldiers: Development of a system of production and supply of Military clothing in England from 1645 to 1708', Leeds Armouries Civil War Conference, Leeds Royal Armouries, 2012