Since commencing her PhD, Eleanor has also worked on a wide variety of projects including:

  • Publications

    ‘Unravelling the Mystery: Charlotte Brontë’s 1850 Thackeray Dress” – Costume, June 2016 Click here

  • Talks

    ‘Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen’, Chawton House Library, Centre for Early Women’s Writing, June, 2015

    ‘Unravelling the Mystery: Charlotte Brontë’s Thackeray Dress’, Sir John Soane Museum, London, April 2016, and at A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works. International Conference, May 2016, (stepped in to replace keynote speaker, Justine Picardie, who was taken ill).

    ‘Intimacies Revealed: Charlotte Brontë’s Corset’. A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works. International Conference, May 2016.

    ‘Museums at Night: The Costumes of ‘To Walk Invisible’ – Tom Pye and Eleanor Houghton discuss the design of the historic costumes for the BBC Drama aired December 2017. Brontë Parsonage Museum, May 2017.

    ‘Unpicking the Mystery of Charlotte Brontë’s Thackeray Dress’, - the story of the Thackeray Dress updated with new, innovative scientific experiments. – Academic Keynote, Brontë Society AGM, June 2017.

  • Conferences

    Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works, Two-Day International Conference, May 2016 – Conference Organizer.

    Keynotes: Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), Juliet Barker (author of 'The Brontës' and previous curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum) and Justine Picardie (Editor of 'Harper’s Bazaar' and 'Town and Country' Magazines). Speakers and delegates came from USA, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, France, Sweden and Australia. The event was sponsored by the 19th Century Department of the University of Southampton, and the chocolate company Chococo.

  • Media

    Chawton House Library Podcasts:
    June 2015 Click here
    June 2016 click here

    BBC2’s 'Being a Brontë' – Easter 2016 – short appearance examining Charlotte Brontë’s corset.

    Maev Kennedy – ‘Charlotte Brontë’s dress gaffe ruled out 165 years after Thackeray dinner’ – The Guardian 16th June 2016 Click here

    Good Morning Britain – ITV Meridian – 20th June, 2016 (an extremely brief and hilariously incorrect report on Brontë’s Thackeray Dress citing ‘a University of Southampton researcher’).

    Kelly Fairclough – ‘Historian defends Charlotte Brontë against the idea that she once attended a dinner party underdressed’, 20th June, 2016. Click here

    Stassa Edwards, A Behind the Scenes Look at the Hidden Treasures of Charlotte Brontë, 13th December, 2016. Click here

  • Consultancy

    BBC2 'Being a Brontë' – researched/filmed November/December 2015 – shown Easter 2016.

    Advised on Charlotte Brontë’s childhood, her relationship with clothing, food and her siblings. Eleanor also advised their in-house costume designer on the correct attire for the wedding scenes included at the end of the programme.

    Tracey Chevalier – author of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' Brontë Parsonage Museum – November 2015

    Advised on clothing choices for Tracy’s Brontë @200 exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum that ran from February 2016 – December 2016.

    Sir John Soane Museum – April 2016

    Worked as advisor to Charlotte Cory, curator of 'Charlotte Brontë at the Soane'. Eleanor also installed Charlotte Brontë’s Thackeray Dress at the request of the Brontë Parsonage and prepared the mannequin on which it was placed.

    Sally Wainwright’s BBC Production 'To Walk Invisible' researched/advised March/April/May 2016 – aired December 2016.

    Worked closely with Tom Pye, costume designer, on all aspects of the Brontës' dress. Eleanor advised on how character might be interpreted through dress and on a vast array of technical and sartorial details.

    Consultant to Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator at The Morgan Library, New York, 'Charlotte Brontë, An Independent Will'. May/June/July 2016.

    Consulted on practical issues of display – mannequins, stands, giving measurements, writing museum labels and answering questions relating to material objects included in the exhibition.

    Brontë Parsonage Museum – 'To Walk Invisible: From Parsonage to Production' – January 2017.

    Advised on costume installation for the new costumes made for the BBC production, and displayed at the museum February – December 2017.


    Publications - Eleanor is currently co-editing a collection of essays that place focus upon Charlotte Brontë and her material world. It has now been accepted by Palgrave Macmillan and will be published next year.

    TV – Eleanor is currently working as costume consultant on 'Gentleman Jack', a large-scale, upcoming BBC/HBO drama to be aired in March 2019.