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Abigail Gomulkiewicz


I completed a joint-degree programme at the University of St Andrews and the College of William and Mary (USA), and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge in 2015-2016. My MPhil research used over 10,000 Elizabethan Essex wills to analyze religious materiality and belief. 

I am now a PhD candidate, supervised by Professor Ulinka Rublack, studying Elizabethan aristocratic society through the clothing and accessories of William Cecil and his household. My research combines extant objects, written materials, and historical reconstruction.

Research Interests

I am interested in a variety of topics including: early modern material culture, clothing, reconstruction, materiality, aristocratic culture, religious objects, William Cecil, the Burghley family, and wills as a source material.

Research Supervision

I am supervised by Professor Ulinka Rublack.


Part I: Paper 9 - British economic and social history, c. 1500-1750

Other Professional Activities

Since 2016, I have co-convened "Things: Material Cultures of the Early Modern World", a seminar hosted by CRASSH, Cambridge.

I gave a paper entitled 'Religious Materiality in Elizabethan Essex (1558-1603)' at the Reformation Day Conference, University of Cambridge (Spring 2016). 

External Officer, Clare Hall Graduate Student Body (2015-2016).

I also interned previously at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where I worked at the Margaret Hunter Shop: Milliners and Mantuamakers. My internship helped visitors experience colonial America as I sewed historically accurate eighteenth century clothing and taught visitors about the milliner and mantuamaker trades. I also completed a certificate program in museum studies and material culture through the National Institute for American History and Democracy (NIAHD) at the College of William and Mary.


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

“Singing Science: What Victorian Hymns Reveal about the Natural World,” The Virginia Institute of Technology Undergraduate History Journal, Spring 2015.