We believe it is crucial to communicate the results of our research beyond the confines of the academic community and, in the last UK Research Excellence Framework - REF, in 2014, our Impact rating was ranked 2nd in the country.

Our aim is to use scholarly enquiry to bring art to life for multiple audiences, including the general public, educational institutions, designers and artists. We do this particularly by seeking to foster understanding across cultures, through exhibitions, public events, and cultural heritage initiatives.

Our busy schedule of exhibitions, events, lectures and workshops aims to raise awareness about art, culture and their importance among the general public, educational groups, designers and artists. The impact of our research can be best understood by looking at examples of the research projects on which our research staff, postdoctoral fellows and students have been working.

Current ongoing projects include:

The Medieval Churches of Norwich 

This is a major, comprehensive study of every one of the 58 churches that have stood within the medieval walls of Norwich. The project reveals the interdependent relationship between city, community, and architecture, by which people and places have shaped each other since the early Middle Ages. By focusing on Norwich’s medieval church buildings, their furnishings and imagery, we can better understand the city’s architectural and spiritual landscape.

Project Leads: Prof. Sandy Heslop and Dr. Helen Lunnon


Photographing Tutankhamun

This is a ground-breaking study of the 3,000-strong photographic archive created during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the 1920s and 1930s. The outcome of the research will be disseminated via an extensive programme including a touring exhibition, popular writing, a BBC4 television documentary, and more.

Project Lead: Dr. Christina Riggs

Robert Rauschenberg 

This project studies Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the second half of the 20th century, and makes major contributions to the recent Tate Modern / Museum of Modern Art, New York retrospectives. The project includes publications aimed at the widest audience, exhibition catalogue essays and reviews, plus plans to develop events to bring the free-wheeling, experimental, discipline-crossing energy of Rauschenberg’s work to Norwich.

Project Lead: Dr. Ed Krčma