The study and appreciation of art across time and cultures... The study and appreciation of art across time and cultures...

Research is central to our activities and we offer world-class facilities and resources. 
Our approach to research aims to move beyond restrictively eurocentric approaches to art history. A range of successful grant applications, totalling £4 million since 2008, has contributed to the distinctive global and historical character of our work.
We foster a lively community of research students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff. Our projects reflect our commitment to promoting cross-disciplinarity and collaborative research initiatives.
We believe it is important to communicate our research beyond a specialised academic audience. To take two examples:
  • In Butrint in Albania our researchers have helped to devise and implement a programme of archaeological excavations that have transformed the area into a thriving tourist attraction. This generates much needed income for the local economy and has helped safeguard the site for the future.

  • Dr Simon Kaner's research into  traditional Japanese ceramic figurines known as Dogū, resulted in an exhibition at the British Museum that received more than  200,000 visitors, with its content reaching over 20 million people in Japan through serial manga publications and a television documentary.

















Collaborative Projects