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January 2011-

  • Leverhulme Early Career Research fellow, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester: 2-year project, ‘Function & fantasy: Victorian decorative cast iron’

Education

  • 2003-2006: University of Reading, PhD, History of Art and Architecture. Thesis: ‘Into the belly of the beast: spatial representation and London’s main drainage system, c.1848-68’ (result: pass)
  • 2000-2001: University of Reading, MA, Visual and Verbal Representation in British Culture 1840-1940. Dissertation: ‘Seeing and smelling decay: sanitary rhetoric in the 1840s and 1850s’ (result: pass)
  • 1995-1998: University of Reading, BA (Hons): History of Art and Architecture (result: second class honours, division one)
  • 1987-1992: Wellingborough School, 4 A-levels (Art, Maths, Physics and General Studies); 9 GCSE’s (Math’s, Physics, Chemistry, Music, English Literature, English Language, French, Geography, Biology)

Career History

October 2006- September 2010: Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading

  • Postdoctoral research fellow for 4-year AHRC-funded project ‘Designing Information for Everyday Life, 1815-1914’

March-December 2002: ArtBibliographies Modern, 4640 Kingsgate, Cascade Way, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford, OX4 2ST

  • Editor: abstracting literature on twentieth-century art; indexing; editing, writing; proofreading; managing freelancers

August-October 2001: RIBA Drawings Collection, 21 Portman Square, London, W1

  • Assistant curator: cataloguing drawings; dealing with readers’ enquiries; supervising volunteers; accession

Research Interests

  • Concepts of ‘dirt’ and hygiene; the architectural aesthetics of hygiene; urban sanitation
  • Victorian industrial architecture, its representations and reception
  • The history of technology, particularly engineering drawings
  • Twentieth-century architectural/urban theory
  • Representations of subterranean urban space in literature, paintings, photography, print culture and film
  • The development of everyday graphic design and its reception in the nineteenth century

Exhibitions

  • Group show, The Oxford Open, Modern Art Oxford, 12 January-17 February 2008 (1 work)
  • Individual show, Spaces and Places, Ark-T Centre, Cowley, Oxford, 1 February – 27 March 2007 (22 works, 6 sold)
  • Individual show at the Jericho Café, Walton St, Oxford, June 2004 (18 works, 1 sold)
  • Group show, Jelly Leg’d Chicken Gallery, Oracle Centre, Reading, July 2002 (3 works)

Publications

Books:

  • Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire Books, Reading, 2009)

Edited Publications:

  • Paul Dobraszczyk and Ben Campkin, ‘Architecture and Dirt’, special issue of the Journal of Architecture 12: 4 (2007)

Articles and Chapters in Edited Books:

  • ‘Modern geisterstadte: Pripyat, Ukraine – leben nach Tschernobyl;’ in Refurbished Future: Werte, Ressourcen and Strukturen – Erganzen Statt Ersetzen; edited by Christoph M. Achammer (Verlag; Vienna, 2011), pp. 212-21
  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester and Paul Stiff, ‘Designing and gathering information: perspectives on nineteenth-century forms’, in Information History in the Modern World, edited by Toni Weller (Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2010), pp. 57-88
  • Paul Dobraszczyk and Bruno Rinvolucri, ‘Talking shit: a conversation between Bruno Rinvolucri and Paul Dobraszczyk’, in Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists, Volume 2, edited Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield (Myrdle Court Press: London, 2010), pp. 241-52
  • ‘Mapping sewer space in mid-Victorian London’, in Dirt: New Geographies of Dirt and Purity, edited by Ben Campkin and Rosie Cox (IB Tauris: London, 2008), pp. 123-37
  • ‘“Monster sewers”: experiencing London’s main drainage system’, in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil; edited by Niall Scott (Rodopi: Amsterdam and New York, 2007), pp. 9-32

Refereed Articles in Academic Journals:

  • ‘Victorian market halls, ornamental iron and civic intent’, Architectural History 55 (2012), pp. 173-97
  • ‘City reading: the design and use of nineteenth-century London guidebooks’, Journal of Design History 25: 2 (2012), pp. 123-44
  • ‘Petrified ruin: Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city’, CITY 14: 4 (2010), pp. 370-89
  • ‘Dream reading? Designing and using Victorian gardening catalogues’, Journal of the Printing Historical Society 15, (2010), pp. 49-75
  • ‘”Give in your account”: using and abusing Victorian census forms’, Journal of Victorian Culture 14: 1 (2009), pp. 1-25
  • ‘Image and audience: contractual representation and London’s main drainage system’, Technology and Culture 49: 3 (2008), pp. 568-98
  • ‘Useful reading? Designing information for London’s Victorian cab passengers’, Journal of Design History 21: 2 (2008), pp. 121-41
  • ‘Architecture, ornament and excrement: the Crossness and Abbey Mills pumping stations’, ‘Architecture and Dirt’, special issue of the Journal of Architecture 12: 4 (2007), pp. 353-65
  • ‘Una rappresentazione di un ’ideologia dell’ improvement? Le mappe e il futuro delle fognature Londinesi, 1848-51′, Storia Urbana 112 (2006), pp. 113-39
  • ‘Historicizing iron: Charles Driver and the Abbey Mills pumping station (1865-68)’, Architectural History 49 (2006), pp. 223-56
  • ‘Sewers, wood engraving and the sublime: picturing London’s main drainage system in the Illustrated London News, 1859-62′, Victorian Periodicals Review 38: 4 (2006), pp. 349-78

Exhibition catalogues:

  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester and Paul Stiff; 2010; Designing Information before Designers: Print for Everyday Life in the Nineteenth Century; University of Reading, Reading

Other Articles:

  • ‘Pripyat and the death of the city;’ Stadt Bauwelt 48 (2010), pp. 14-19
  • Contributing author to The Enclycopedia of Consumption and Waste (Sage Publications, 2010), 2 entries (2500 words)
  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester, and Paul Stiff, ‘Designing information before designers,’ Baseline 58: 5 (2010), pp. 6-11
  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester, and Paul Stiff, ‘The Victorian origins of information design;’ Grafik 184 (2010), pp. 47-51
  • ‘Designing information for Victorian London’s cab passengers;’ Ultrabold: the Journal of St Bride Library 7 (2009), pp. 4-9
  • Contributing author to The Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design (London, Phaidon, 2009); 2 image captions (800 words)
  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester and Paul Stiff, ‘Designing information for everyday life, 1815-1914;’ Ephemerist 141 (2008), pp. 7-13

Book Reviews:

  • Michelle Allen, Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London (Athens, Ohio: OU Press, 2008), Technology and Culture 49: 4 (2008), pp. 1055-57
  • Jamie Benedickson, The Culture of Flushing: a Social and Legal History of Sewage (Vancouver and Toronoto: UBC Press, 2007), Technology and Culture 49: 1 (2008), pp. 284-85

Published Conference Proceedings:

  • ‘Rational, magical or monstrous spaces? Press responses to London’s main drainage system, 1865-68′, in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil, edited by Niall Scott (Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxford, 2007)
  • ‘Representation and power? Constructing London’s main drainage system’, in Studies in Urban History 31, edited by Lars Nilsson (Institute of Urban History: Stockholm, 2007)

Non-Published Conference Contributions:

  • ‘A Victorian ironworld: cast iron, ornament and Brighton’, 4th International Congress on Construction History, ENSA Paris Malaquais, Paris, July 2012
  • ‘Ornament unbound: Victorian decorative cast iron’, Composition and Decomposition, British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, September 2011
  • ‘Ruin from below: mapping London’s subterranean nightmares’, Imagining Spaces/Places, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, August 2011
  • ‘The city in ruins: notes from Chernobyl and Pripyat’, Refurbished Future, 20th Industriebauseminar, TU Wien, Vienna, May 2011
  • ‘Petrified ruin: Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city’, Cold War Cities study day; Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, London, September 2010
  • ‘Give in your account: reading pre-Victorian census forms’, Writing Design, The Design History Society Annual Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, September 2009
  • ‘Petrified modernism? Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city’, 78th Anglo- American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historican Research, London, July 2009
  • ‘Useful reading? Designing information for London’s Victorian cab passengers’, St Bride Library Conference, London, April 2009
  • ‘Give in your account: reading Victorian census forms’, Reading in the Age of Gladstone, St Deiniol’s Library, Flintshire, January 2009
  • ‘Reading for navigation: maps and London guidebooks in the nineteenth century’, 77th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 2008
  • ‘Readers’ marks, typography and nineteenth-century London guidebooks’, research conference, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading, March 2008
  • ‘Combatting “fraudulent space”: Information design for London’s cab passengers, 1832-1914′, Fifth Annual Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility; Helmond, Netherlands, October 2007
  • Paul Dobraszczyk and Ben Campkin, organisers and chairs, ‘Architecture and Dirt’ conference session; 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, USA, April 2007
  • ‘Rational, magical or monstrous spaces? Press responses to London’s main drainage system, 1865-68;’ Third Global Conference, Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil; Budapest, Hungary, May 2005
  • ‘Sewers, wood engraving and the sublime;’ organizer of postgraduate research conference; Department of History of Art and Architecture; University of Reading, February 2005
  • ‘Nobility and fear in the “public face” of London’s sewerage system;’ Seventh International Urban History Conference; Athens, Greece, October 2004
  • ‘Dialectic of construction/destruction: picturing London’s sewers, 1859-64;’ Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies; Keele University, September 2004; and July 2004; Third Annual Literary London Conference; University of London

Exhibitions:

  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester, Paul Stiff (curators); Designing Information before Designers; Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 22 February-15 April 2010; and St Bride Library, Bridewell Lane, London, 11-29 January 2010

Other Public Output:

  • Organiser, chair and contributor, Apocalypse Now: Thinking about Ruins and Radiation, study seminar for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 28 November 2012
  • Organiser, chair and contributor, Function and Fantasy: Decorative Iron and Victorian Architecture, study day for the Victorian Society, Art Workers’s Guild, London, 24 March 2012
  • ‘Into the belly of the beast: exploring London’s sewers’, This is Not a Gateway annual festival, Hanbury Hall, London, 23 October 2010
  • Paul Dobraszczyk, Mike Esbester and Paul Stiff, ‘Interactions with information: designing and reading in everyday life, 1815-1914;’ History of reading seminar series, Institute of English Studies, London, 17 March 2010
  • ‘What lies beneath? The underground city;’ Oxford Castle Unlocked public talks, Oxford, July 2009
  • ‘Realizing “the Egyptian type of eternity:” sewage recycling in Victorian Britain;’ seminar series; Department of Economic & Social History, University of Glasgow, October 2008
  • ‘Out of sight, out of mind: representing London’s Victorian sewers;’ Centre for Metropolitan History seminar series; Institute of Historical Research, London, October 2007
  • ‘Bazalgette’s architect: the eccentric art of Charles Driver;’ The Victorian Society Winter 2006 Lecture Series; Art Workers’ Guild, London, February 2006

Teaching

  • January-May 2012: 12-week first-year undergraduate module, 18 students, 2 hours weekly, Function, Fantasy and Victorian Architecture, Art History & Visual Studies, University of Manchester
  • January-May 2011 & 2012: 12-week third-year undergraduate module, 20 students, 3 hours weekly, Victorian Babylons: Representing the Nineteenth-century City, Art History & Visual Studies, University of Manchester
  • April-July 2010 & 2009: 10-week accredited course (equivalent to first year undergraduate teaching), 18 students, 2 hours weekly, Subterranean London: the View from Below, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • February 2009: Contributor to second-year undergraduate module, Heroes and Hero Worship, 24 students, 2 hours, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of Reading
  • January-March 2009: Contributor to third-year undergradute optional module & co-supervisor/moderator of essays, Ephemera Studies, 8 students, 6 hours, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading
  • October-December 2008: Contributor to first-year undergraduate module and co-marker of assessed work, Hstory of Graphic Communication, 35 students, 5 hours, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading
  • January-March 2006: 10-week accredited course (equivalent to first year undergraduate level), 15 students, 2 hours weekly, Engineering and Art: Victorian Industrial Architecture, School of Continuing Education, University of Reading
  • April-June 2004: 7-week accredited course (equivalent to first year undergraduate level), 12 students, 2.5 hours weekly, The Slum and the Sewer: Sanitation and Space in mid-Victorian London, School of Continuing Education, University of Reading
  • March 2004: Half-day tour of the Paris catacombs and sewers organized for 13 second-year undergraduate students at the University of Reading
  • March 2004: Half-day course, 15 students, Bazalgette – the Industrial Architecture of London’s Drainage System, University College, Northampton

Research and Publication Grants

  • May 2010: Award of a two-year Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust
  • October 2008: Awards from the Paul Mellon Centre towards the cost of publishing Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (£4402)
  • April 2008: Award from the Marc Fitch Fund towards the cost of publishing Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (£1000)
  • January 2004 and January 2003: Jonathan Vickers Bursary from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (£6000 p.a.)
  • January 2003-December 2005: Reading University Faculty Studentship (equivalent to full AHRC funding for doctoral research)

Media Experience

  • April 2010: Contributor to Resonance FM radio series Tunnel Vision
  • May 2006: Contributor to BBC World Service radio series One Planet, June 2006

5 responses

3 01 2012
Nicholas A J PHILPOT

Brighton bandstand. You say from the Phoenix Foundry in Lewes: is the company then J Every, whose name is seen for instance on the promenade shelters ? Incidentally, I could not find any name on the iron of the bandstand, let alone Macfarlane (to whom ‘Pevsner’, presumably wrongly, attirbutes it).
See you I hope on the VS Study Day.

3 01 2012
dobraszczyk

I spoke to the company that restored the bandstand and they thought it was definitely Every even though there were no foundry marks. Of course this makes sense given that all the other Brighton ironwork is by Every. I wonder where the Macfarlane attribution came from? Glad you can make the study day in March. Do you have any info on Every by the way? I can find next to nothing. All the best, Paul

11 02 2012
Nicholas A J PHILPOT

If you send me your email address, I can send you a sheet of material about Every’s that I picked up last week in Lewes.

In the churchyard of St Anne’s, there is a fine series of cast-iron markers (horizontal, & v long) to the graves of the Medhurst (milling) family. They date from (or at least the dates of the deaths are) 1828-87. Locals assured me that this is Every work, but the first date seems a little early for him.

The bridge in the town over the Ouse is also noteworthy. The upstream side has a cast inscription that is almost impossible to read. Pevsner says 1727 by Nicholas Dubois & rebuilt 1932, so the ironwork is a bit of a puzzle.

The County Hall (l808-12) has some very fine cast grills & railings around the docks of the court-rooms, dating from the Victorian refitting. No details are available, nor are any marks to be found on the ironwork.

Nicholas

1 12 2012
George Christopher McIver

I noticed the lack of ‘Liverpool’ on this site compared to Manchester..and then I perused your CV and realized why…sad really !.

1 12 2012
dobraszczyk

It’s not deliberate, I can assure you! I just happen to live in Manchester at the moment. I love Liverpool & I’m sure if I was there more, I’d have much to say about the city.

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