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Harriet Barratt Dorling is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex, fully funded by the AHRC CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership (the Consortium of Humanities and Arts in South-East England). Her thesis topic is on the role of the material object in illness, looking in particular at the interplay of twentieth-century literary representations of medical environments (Proust, Woolf, Plath and others), psychoanalytic frameworks of object relations as divested in material things, and the material culture of medicine.
Harriet is a member of the Onward Arts Board at the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees arts and heritage activities across two of Sussex's primary hospital sites. She is also trained in oral history interviewing and object handling for reminiscence purposes, and has volunteered in this capacity with The Keep archives centre in Sussex, the RSPB, and Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Before starting her PhD in 2015, Harriet worked in employment, skills and education policy engagement and communications at EU and UK level, working with the European Commission and the UK Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries. This included fundraising over £5.5 million, producing Arts Council England's Internship Guidelines, and leading the project development of the Creative Employment Programme, the Craft Skills Awards, the National Skills Academy in the design, heritage and jewellery sectors, and a national creative business support scheme. Until summer 2015, she managed external partnerships for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton.