Research seminars at the Paul Mellon Centre, Spring 2014


There is a lively selection of research seminars and lunches this Spring at the Paul Mellon Centre in London. The programme is listed below along with details about registration. Alternatively, visit the Paul Mellon Centre website by following this link:

Research Seminars

The spring series of research seminars at the Paul Mellon Centre will feature papers given by distinguished historians of British art and architecture. Seminars typically take the form of hour-long talks, followed by questions and drinks, and are geared to scholars, curators, conservators, art-trade professionals and research students working on the history of British art.  This spring the series also includes a new category of seminar entitled One Object, Three Voices.

Wednesday 15th January, 5:45 – 7:45
Christine Riding (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)
Turner and the Sea

Wednesday 29th January, 5:45 – 7:45
Rosemary Hill (All Souls College, Oxford)
Anglo-Norman Attitudes: Cross-Channel Antiquarianism 1789-1850

Wednesday 12th February, 5:45 – 7:45
Tanya Harrod (Independent Scholar)
Modern Pots, Colonialism and the Politics of Craft: the Conflicted Life of Michael

Wednesday 26th February, 5:45 – 7:45
One Object, Three Voices, The Cenotaph
Roger Bowdler (English Heritage)
David Odgers (Odgers Conservations Consultants)
Gavin Stamp (Independent Scholar)

Wednesday 12th March, 5:45 – 7:45
John Brewer (California Institute of Technology)
Depicting Vesuvius: Painting, Panorama and Performance, 1760-1830

Research lunches

The spring programme of research lunches is geared to doctoral students and junior scholars working on the history of British art and architecture. They are intended to be informal events in which individual doctoral students and scholars talk for half-an-hour about their projects, and engage in animated discussion with their peers. A sandwich lunch, will be provided by the Centre. We hope that this series will help foster a sense of community amongst PhD students and junior colleagues from a wide range of institutions, and bring researchers together in a collegial and friendly atmosphere

Friday 24th January, 12:30 -2:00
Sam Bibby (Associate Editor of Art History)
The Pursuit of Understanding: The Burlington Magazine, Art History, and the
Periodical Landscape of Twentieth-Century Britain

Friday 7th February, 12:30 -2:00
Lucinda Lax (University of York)
Sermons in Paint: Edward Penny and the Reinvention of Genre Painting

Friday 21st February, 12:30 -2:00
James Alexander Cameron (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Sedilia in English Churches: Challenges and Discoveries in the Study of Parish
Church Architecture

Friday 7th March, 12:30 -2:00
Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck College, University of London)
James Hakewill and the Politics of Slavery

Friday 14th March, 12:30 -2:00
Nicola A. McCartney (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Art World Dissidents and their Alternative Identities: Art & Language, Bob and
Roberta Smith, Spartacus Chetwynd and Lucky PDF

It is essential to check availability and RSVP which individual research seminars and research lunches you would like to attend. Email the Centre’s Events Co-ordinator, Ella Fleming, on, at least two days in advance.

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