Lecturer, Art History & Museum Studies
0113 343 9430
Old Mining Building, Room 1.07
Office hours: Semester 1: Thursdays 1.00pm-2.00pm and by appointment.
BA Leeds, PGCHE Salford, MA Leeds, PhD Southampton
History and theory of museums and the history of the art market and histories of collecting, especially in relation to the agency of the dealer in the 19th century.
After studying BA History of Fine & Decorative Art and MA Country House Studies at University of Leeds, I completed my PhD research, investigating the Emergence of the Antique and Curiosity Dealer in the first half of the nineteenth century, at the University of Southampton. I was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where I was Programme Director for the MA Museum & Heritage Studies, before taking up my current appointment at the University of Leeds.
My research interests are focused on the history and theory of museums and the history of the art market and histories of collecting, especially in relation to the agency of the antique and curiosity dealer in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research has mapped the emergence of the antique and curiosity dealer during the opening decades of the 19th century, a project that placed the functions and practices of the dealer against a broader cultural framework, incorporating the commodification of historical objects and the emergence of a distinctive historical consciousness in the period.
I am particularly interested in exploring the relationships between a discourse (art history) and elements of its formation (the art market); for example, I am working at present on the relationships between the market for ‘antique furniture’ and evolving discourse of furniture history in the 19th and 20th centuries and an investigation into the cultural biography of the art and antique dealer.
In relation to museums, I am interested in philosophies of history and the meaning of ‘heritage’, and in particular the relationships between contemporary heritage practices and their roles in the construction of the meanings of the past. I am also working on a number of projects in relation to museum studies that address the interface between theory and practice and how this dialectic can be negotiated in the contemporary museum.
My current teaching at both UG and PG levels encompasses the history and theory of museums, galleries and heritage and the histories of the art market.
Undergraduate – ARTF2069 The Art Market: moments, methodologies and meanings; ARTF2121 Leeds Collections in Context; ARTF3069 Art & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets.
Postgraduate – ARTF5255 History & The Museum: representation, narrative and memory; ARTF5670 Museum, Object, Practice
Programme Director, BA History of Art with Museum Studies
Director of Impact and Innovation
Faculty Peer Review College (Impact)
(2014) The 'Waste Book' of John Coleman Isaac (1803-1886), Curiosity Dealer. [In preparation]
(2013) The Consumption of the Past. [In preparation]
(2013) Dealers and Collectors: the Market for Decorative Art 1815-1945. [In preparation]
(2012) The emergence of the antique and curiosity dealer 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects. Ashgate. [Submitted]
(2009) A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers. 2009. Regional Furniture. Glasgow: Regional Furniture Society.
The Elephant in the Room: the art market in art history. TBC: TBC. [In preparation]
(2011) “Early Georgian Furniture (Bowett) book review”, The Antiquaries Journal.
(2010) “A New Art from Emerging Markets (Robertson) book review”, Cassone. 2.2
(2010) “Art for Sale (Boll) book review”, Cassone. 2.2
(2009) “The Price of Everything (Braathen) book review”, The Art Book. volume 16.1
(2009) “Art, Price, Value (F. Nori) book review”, The Art Book. volume 16.1
(2009) “The Art Market and its Histories”, The Art Book. 16.1
“The Waste Book of John Coleman Isaac (1803-1887)”, Furniture History. [In preparation]
(2011) “Florid Looking Speculators in Art and Virtue: the London Picture Trade, c1850”, In: Helmreich A; Fletcher P (eds.) The Birth of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939. MUP.
“Art Markets and Art Histories”, In: Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL (eds.) The Elephant in the Room: the art market in Art History. Manchester: MUP. [In preparation]
“Decorative Art -an etymology”, In: Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL (eds.) Dealers and Collectors: the market for decorative art 1815-1945. [In preparation]
Museums and the Market. Museums and the Market Proceedings: TBC
Research Projects & Grants
AHRC (Early Career) – ‘Antique Dealers’: the British Antique Trade in the 20th century, a cultural geography’ (£238,000) (2013-2016)
The Period Room (2014) (CCIE/HEIF funded project & Paul Mellon Foundation for the Study of British Art funded project)
Museum Studies Now? (2013) (CCIE/HEIF funded project)
Hunlset & Holbeck Heritage Project (2012) (HEIF funded project)
Performing the Past: exploring the heritage of working-class communities in Yorkshire (White Rose, 2012-13)
Digitalis: using digital technologies to enhance and embed creative reflection (2010-2012)
Transforming Skills: CPD for Museum Volunteers (2009-2010)
Research Centres & Groups
Deputy Director, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage
Advisory Board Member, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage
External Review Panel Member, Quinquennial Review, BA/MA Art History/Heritage Programmes University of Buckingham (2013)
Advisory Board Member, The Burlington Magazine Online Database projects (2013-2016) The Burlington Magazine Index http://index.burlington.org.uk/
Trustee Leeds Art Fund (2014-
External Examiner, MA Decorative Art and Historic Interiors, University of Buckingham (2014-
External Examiner, BA Art History and Heritage Studies, University of Buckingham (2014-
External Examiner, MA Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle (2009-2012)
Board Member and Newsletter Editor, The Museums and Galleries History Group (MGHG) (2008-
Visiting Speaker, IESA/Wallace Collection, MA History and Business of Art and Collecting (2012-
Visiting Speaker, Christie’s Education, Art & Business (2010-
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
The History of the Art Market, especially, but not exclusively, in the 19th and 20th centuries The History of Museums and Galleries in the 19th and 20th centuries The History of Collecting, especially, but not exclusively, in the 19th and 20th centuries Furniture History Current theory and practice in museums, galleries and heritage
Ebony Andrews: ‘Transforming Nature: changes in the presentation and display of taxidermy in contemporary British museums’, submission date 2013
Annalea Tunesi: ‘Stefano Bardini (1836-1922): Heritage, Scenography, Museology, Market, 1865-1922’, submission date 2013
Ana Baeza ‘Sir Philip Hendy, curator and scholar in Leeds and London, 1936-1967′, CDA with the National Gallery, submission date 2017.
Shir Kovachi: Heirless Jewish Property: cultural property and the formation of Israel 1945-1965
Rebecca Wade: ‘Pedagogic Objects: the formation, circulation and exhibition of teaching collections in British Art and Education 1837-1857′, submitted and passed November 2013
Dr Jan Baetens, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leuven – January-May 2012.
The Emergence of the Antique & Curiosity Dealer 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects