I am a cultural and social historian of Britain working on the period between 1600 and 1850. My work focuses on the senses, emotions, and materiality, using them as a lens through which to think about agency, power, and the social. My first project was on smell in eighteenth-century England. My current project uses bells of all types, from tiny children’s toys to booming church bells, to think about the changing relationship between sound and society in England between the seventeenth and early twentieth centuries. It is an attempt to plot a history of feeling across the long durée of English early modernity.

Before coming to Anglia Ruskin University in 2019 I taught or held positions at Queen Mary, King’s College London, University of Derby, and the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.


BA History, University of Oxford (2012)

MA Eighteenth-Century Studies, King’s College London (2013)

PhD History, King’s College London (2016)


W. Tullett, Smell in Eighteenth-Century England: A Social Sense (forthcoming in the Past and Present series, Oxford University Press, 2019)

W. Tullett, ‘Re-Odorization, Disease, and Emotion in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England’, The Historical Journal, available on FirstView online, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X18000286

W. Tullett, ‘Grease and Sweat: Race and Smell in Eighteenth-Century English Culture’, Cultural and Social History, 13:3 (2016), 307-322.

W. Tullett, ‘The Macaroni’s ‘Ambrosial essences’. Perfume, Identity and Public Space in Eighteenth-Century England’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38:2 (2015), 163-180.

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