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Charlotte Johnson

History, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Imperial Connections: Re-examining Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

‘Imperial Connections: Re-examining Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire’ is the first comprehensive study of the objects in the ‘Eastern Musuem’ at Kedleston Hall, a country house in the English midlands. It will trace the journeys that these objects underwent to arrive in the ‘Eastern Museum’, and the transformations, both physical and in meaning, they underwent along the way. Through a study of these objects and their display, it will also seek to contribute a new interpretation of Kedleston Hall, connecting it with the imperial histories that are a key part of its story. 

Research Area

  • History


  • 'Testimonial: the life story of a monumental vase", in Silver Studies, 2019 


Lectures and papers given

  • 'Curzon's Cases: Commissioning cases for the Eastern Museum at Kedleston Hall', Making a Case for Cases: the furniture of display, Bowes Museum, 10-11 January 2020
  • Object inspiration stories 'Lil Dragon', Tim Walker – Celebrating Collaboration, 28 February 2020
  • 'Testimonial: a critical reflection on the display of a monumental vase', The New Museum Paradigm: Shifting Representations of Empire at Museums and Art Galleries in the UK, University of Sussex, 16 and 17 September 2019
  • 'Testimonial' A short reflection on the display', Troubling Objects, V&A, 11 September 2018
  • Deconstructed Handling Session, (with Dr Marta Ajmar), Challenging Histories workshop, 5 and 6 July 2018
  • 'Testimonial: the life story of a monumental vase', Silver Society, 25 June 2018
  •  'An Eye for Design: Rosalinde Gilbert, Fashion designer and collector', (with Hanne Faurby), Temple Newsam, 14 October 2017
  •  'Long lives: eighteenth-century objects in the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection', BSECS, January 6 2017

Chaired sessions 

  • Spaces Transformed, Making a Case for Cases: the furniture of display, Bowes Museum, 10-11 January 2020
  • Recasting Reproduction, Seventh Early Modern Symposium, The Courtauld, 18 November 2017
  • Micro and other mosaics, V&A, 24 June 2017


  • Making a Case for Cases: the furniture of display, Bowes Museum, 10-11 January 2020 (Conference)
  • Dialogues: Things and their Collectors, AAH, 5 April 2018 (Panel) 

Public Engagement & Impact

Co-convener of Early Career Development Events for the Furniture History Society

Other Research Interests

Colonial Collecting, Museums, Country Houses, Display, Imperial History


Furniture History Society

Society for the History of Collecting

Museums Association

Association for Art History