Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Simon Spier

PhD Candidate

I am in receipt of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship between the University of Leeds and The Bowes Museum, County Durham, working on a project entitled ‘Creating the Bowes Museum: Private collecting, public philanthropy and the art market in the public art museum in Britain and France, 1830-1900’.


I received my BA(Hons) in History of Art from the University of Manchester, and an MA in History of Art (British Art) from the University of York.

Research Interests

My general research interests are within the history of collecting and display, the history of public museums and galleries, European decorative arts (particularly 19th-century), and the interrelationship between the private collector, the public museum and the art market.


PGR Representative 2017-2018

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