Erin Harvey Moody

Costume and Textile Technician, Richmond Museum of History and Culture, Richmond CA

Partner, Relics In Situ, Historical Needlework Specialists

Awards, Grants & Fellowships: 

Visiting Fellow, Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Agnes Strickland Prize for best talk delivered by a junior scholar for “Elizabethan Embroidery: Gloriana’s Gifts and the Power of the Needle.”  Presented at the South-Central Renaissance Conference, March 2021.

Elected Member, Royal Historical Society

Research Grant, Embroiderers Guild of America 2015

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, President, Chi


Post Graduate Certificate, Museum Education, University of Glasgow, UK

Certificate, Collections Management for Costume and Textiles, California State University, Long Beach 

B.A., History, Emphasis in Early Modern Material Culture, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley CA



Embroidered Head Coverings and Their Sources”, co-author, 'Attired: Perspectives on Historical Costume', Vernon Press, March, 2024

The Power of Textiles: Tapestries of the Burgundian Dominions (1363-1477)” by Katherine Anne Wilson; Brepols. Book Review, Sixteenth Century Journal, expected 2024

"A Book by It’s Cover: Embroidery Fit for a Prince,” co-author, Harvard Magazine, October 2017 

“The Benefits of Wear,” co-author, NeedleArts, March 2016

“In the Village and on the Estate,” blog writer and co-editor 2013-2015



“Very Like a Whale” ‘Desdemona’s Handkerchief,’ Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. 2013

“Thomas Trevelyon: The Man and His Sources,” ‘Elizabethan Man’s Cap,’ Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. 2004 

“Housewife’s Rich Cabinet” ‘Elizabethan Man’s Cap,’ Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. 1998 


Presentations, Proceedings and Papers:

“Examining Embroidered Bookbindings” Preservation Services, Harvard University, January 2024

"Queen Elizabeth's Books", South Central Renaissance Conference,  UC Berkeley, April 2023

"The Benefits of Wear: Examining the Support Structures of Embroidery", Medieval Dress and Textile Society, UK, April 2023

"An Embroidered Menagerie: Animals Represented in Print and Needlework", Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, June 2022

"Apropos Embellishments: Needlework Details on Different Socio-Economic Classes in 16thC and 17thC England", Master Class, CostumeOn 4, 2022

"She is Mine Own: Women’s Embroidered Devotional Books in Early Modern England", Home and Early Modernity Conference, The Globe London Shakespeare Center, 2022

"From Pattern to Pate: An Examination of Early Modern Embroidered English Head-Coverings and their Sources", American Historical Association, 2022

"Prayer Books of Girls and Gallants: An examination of 16th and 17th century Embroidered Book Bindings", Sixteenth Century Society Conference, 2021

“Special Topics in Material Culture New Things: Bodies, Sexualities, Objects, Discourse: Needlework in Elizabethan England”, Guest Speaker, University of Delaware, 2021

“In Women’s Hands: The public and private aspects of needlework in devotional books” Medieval & Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, June 2021

"Animals Finely Wrought: An Exploration of Embroidered Beasts,"  Medieval Dress and Textile Society Annual Conference, May 2021

"Women’s Work Seen and Unseen: the Economic Influence of Needlework.", Centuries of Cloth: Historical Approaches to the Study of Textiles, University of Cambridge, UK 2021

"Women Wielding Needles: Embroidery as a Vehicle to Examine the Lives of Women in Tudor England", American Historical Association, 2021

"Modern Convenience vs. Historically Accurate Couture: The Dilemma of Period Textiles at Heritage Sites", Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, 2020

"For the Woman of the House: Thomas Trevelyon’s Manuscript and Embroidery Patterns", 8th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2020

"Elizabethan Embroidery: Gloriana's Gifts and the Power of the Needle" South Central Renaissance Conference, 2020. Winner, Agnes Strickland Prize, Best Paper, awarded by the Queen Elizabeth I Society.

“A Woman’s Communion: Embroidered Devotionals in Early Modern England”,  Ecclesiastical History Society Winter Conference, Birmingham UK, 2020

“Presence of the Needle”, Slices of Everyday Life Conference at University of Cambridge, 2019

“Elizabethan Gardens,” Workshop, Embroiderers Guild of America, 2017

“Thomas Trevelyon Panel,” Folger Shakespeare Library, 2016

“Embroidery Patterns of the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608,” Embroiderers Guild of America National Conference 2016

Certificates and Extended Education: 

Principles of Exhibition Making, V&A Academy, UK

Historical Technique, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, UK 

A History of Royal Fashion Certificate, University of Glasgow

Certificate Courses in Textile Appraisal, Embroiderers Guild of America

French Heirloom Sewing Certificate, A Work of Heart Studio, Grass Valley, CA

Professional Affiliations:

Member, Royal Historical Society UK

Member, Costume Society, UK

Member, Medieval Dress and Textile Society, UK

Member, International Council of Museums, Costume Committee

Member, Costume Society of America

Member, Museums Association, USA

Member, California Association of Museums

Member, Textile Arts Council, USA

Member, American Historical Association

Member, Embroiderers Guild of America 

Member, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

Community Involvement:

Mentor: Oakland Promise Scholars  2016-2021

Leader: Girl Scouts USA 2004-2021

Founding Member: West Contra Costa Parents Education Council 2016-2019