About Me

Ella Ravilious

Design and Photography Curator, Researcher and Writer


I am a Curator: Architecture and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and I have worked at the Museum in various roles since 2005. Alongside my focus on design, I also specialise in photographic history. I am currently a PhD student at the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Ask me about the history of the V&A, its collections of design and photography, the Royal Photographic Society Collection, or the work of James Ravilious, Eric Ravilious, or Tirzah Garwood. I’ll either help or be able to put you in touch with the right contact.


Interviewed in Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War, Foxtrot Films, 2022 https://www.foxtrotfilms.com/films/eric-ravilious-drawn-to-war/

Featured in Secrets of the Museum, Series 3, Episode 3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0016dty


Author: Eric Ravilious: Landscapes and Nature. Thames and Hudson/V&A (forthcoming, 2023

Co-editor (with Prof. Elizabeth Edwards): What Photographs Do: The making and remaking of museum cultures, UCL Press (forthcoming, 2023)

Chapter in The Idea of Italy: Photography and the British Imagination, 1840-1900, edited by Scott Wilcox and Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Yale Press, 2022

Co-authored chapter (with Dr. Omniya Abdel Barr) in Visions of Ancient Egypt, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, forthcoming 2022

I have written for a number of publications, including Source Magazine, the V&A Magazine, The Journal of the History of Photography and the RPS Journal.


PHRC Annual Conference ‘Photographic History without Photographs’, June 2022

Presentation at ‘Colour Fever’ symposium at the V&A, November 2021

Presentation for the Daguerreian Society of the United States, October 2021

Taught session for The Photographer’s Gallery, September 2021

Get in touch

I am available for collaborations and talks worldwide.


Beaford trustee 2020-present (and on archive steering committee since 2012) https://beaford.org/

Platform trustee 2014-present https://platformlondon.org/about-us/