Andrea Peach
First Name: Andrea
Surname: Peach
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263679

  • Stage 2 Design Contextual and Critical Studies Co-Coordinator
  • Stage 4 Design and Fine Art Dissertation Coordinator
  • Contribute to Stage 1 and Stage 2 Contextual and Critical Studies Programmes
  • Member of School Academic Board
  • Gray’s Researcher and PhD Candidate (2017 completion)

Academic Background

  • 2009-Present: Part-time PhD, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • 1996-98: MA History of Design, Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Research Interests

A design and craft historian, interested in exploring the idea of ‘craft’ and the craft object as a cultural commodity and signifier of national identity. The ‘souvenir’ as a cultural signifier, as well as the consumption of souvenirs, is of particular interest. Current PhD research specifically addresses the Scottish context in craft history, which has been missing from recent British craft historiographies. Work examines socio-economic and cultural reasons why Scottish craft has evolved differently from the rest of Britain, by considering material culture, souvenirs and the Scottish heritage industry. This inquiry investigates the tension between sustaining indigenous practice and the pursuit of contemporary practice by examining the impact of tourism and public policy on forming attitudes and practices.

Professional Memberships

  • 2000-Present: Member of the Scottish Society of Art History
  • 1998-Present: Member of the Design History Society


Peach, A, What Goes Around Comes Around – Craft Revival, the 1970s and TodayCraft Research, Intellect, Vol. 4, No. 2., 2013, pp. 161-179. 

Peach, A, Crafting Revivals? An Investigation into the Craft Revival of the 1970s. Can Contemporary Comparisons be Drawn?Ideas of the Handmade: Histories and Theories of Making, Edinburgh, 2013.

Peach, A. Contemporary Craft and the Commodification of National Identity in 1970s Scotland – What can be learned from Cultural Policy? Making Futures: The Crafts As Change-Maker in Sustainably Aware Cultures, Vol II, Online Journal to be published early 2012.??

Peach, A,  Craft, Souvenirs and the Commodification of National Identity in 1970s ScotlandJournal of Design History, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Issue 3, Vol. 20, September 2007, pp. 243-257.

Peach, A, and Kinchin, J, Small Pieces of Scotland: Souvenirs and the Good Design Debate, 1946-1980Scottish Society of Art History Journal, Volume 7, 2002, pp. 23-30 (collaboration with Juliet Kinchin, University of Glasgow).

Published Reviews:

Peach A, On Craftsmanship: Towards a New Bauhaus by Christopher FraylingJournal of Modern Craft, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012, pp. 241-243.

Peach, A, Thinking Through Craft by Glenn Adamson, Berg Publishing, Journal of Design History, Volume 22, Number 1, 2009, pp. 82-84.??

Peach, A, Lund Humphries Contemporary Craft Series (5 titles), Carol McNicoll by Tanya Harrod and RoseLee Goldberg; Jim Partridge by Alison Britton and Katherine Swift, Michael Rowe by Richard Hill and Martina Margetts; Richard Slee by Garth Clark and Cathy Courtney, Ann Sutton by Diane Sheehan and Susan Tebby, Journal of Design History, Volume 18, Number 2, 2005, pp. 297-211