Visual Arts, University of Birmingham
This project analyses the role of classical visual culture in nineteenth-century industrial Britain, focussing on Birmingham. It examines how this town engaged with the iconography and traditions of ancient Greece and Rome through public collecting practices, architecture and artistic production, and situates this within wider contexts of nineteenth-century industrial Britain.
My research asks: How was classical antiquity displayed throughout Birmingham in the nineteenth century? What impact did the visual culture of Greece and Rome have on the formation of civic identity, both in relation to viewing experiences and concerns surrounding the potential edifying role of art and architecture? How far was Birmingham representative of other industrial towns in Britain in its appropriation of antiquity? And to what extent was this appropriation symptomatic of broader uses and interpretations of the ancient world?
My research challenges understandings of classical culture within Victorian Britain, specifically in the West Midlands, firstly in bringing visual culture into focus, and secondly in providing new perspectives through its relationship with the industrial city. In its interdisciplinary approach, my methodology engages with the scholarship of Classical Reception, Victorian Studies, Art History and Museology. Exploring the role of classical culture against a background of immense social and cultural change, I analyse how the ancient was viewed and experienced, and how it was engaged with as public cultural property.
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for 'Historical Concepts in the History of Art', First Year BA History of Art Module (2018).
April – July 2019. Researching, cataloguing and assessing the significance of the Printing and Engraving objects in the collections as part of a broader Birmingham Museums Trust project of studying and documenting their extensive Science & Industry Collections.