Art History and Design Research


Art History and Design research at the Department for Continuing Education 

Research in the Department is centred around the following areas:

  • Text and image in later medieval and early modern English culture;
  • French and English Romanesque sculpture;
  • The history of decoration in Europe between 1870 and 1958. 

Research highlights, past and present:​


Designing Modern France: Tapestry and French Republics since 1870

A history of modern French tapestry and interior decoration under France’s three republics.


Penelope's weaving and les années noires

Women entrepreneurs and the Aubusson tapestry rennaisance.


Ora pro nobis

Authored by Dr Cathy Oakes, this traces the development of the Virgin’s role as intercessor from the twelfth century onwards from a devotional, liturgical and theological viewpoint.


Symbolist Objects: Materiality and Subjectivity at the Fin-de-Siècle

This interdisciplinary volume explores the intersections between Symbolist aesthetics and material objects and interiors

Upcoming courses