Dr Miranda Clow

Dr Miranda Clow


My position at Leeds follows the completion of a PhD and an MA at the Royal College of Art. My doctoral thesis made a comparative historical study of how trust has material and tangible qualities that can be, and were, designed through the insurance industry’s print culture. I built this argument through a forensic analysis of archival material, which examined the look of documents equally to their text. Since my degree in Classics I have valued an interdisciplinary approach to inquiry.

Research interests

My research is in the history of design. I focus on the various uses of product design and graphic communication made by businesses since 1660.

I am currently working on the AHRC project Security for Sale in Modern Britain, led by Dr David Churchill, which explores the history of the security history.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD in History of Design
  • MA in History of Design
  • BA in Classics