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Prof Phillip Lindley

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Professor of Art History

Loughborough University Excellence 100 Professor

Phillip Lindley is Excellence 100 Professor of Art History and came to Loughborough in February 2018. He read Art History at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a scholarship and went on to read his PhD, supervised by Professor Jean Michel Massing. He was awarded a Bye Fellowship at Downing for outstanding doctoral research and a Research Fellowship at St Catharine’s College.  In 1987, he won the Reginald Taylor Prize of the British Archaeological Association. In 1988-91 he was awarded a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of York and was then appointed to the University of Leicester where he was Head of Department in 1998-2003 and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the Country House in 2004. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1992 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2002. He was a visiting scholar at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, in 2003 and at the YCBA, Yale University, in 2009. In 2007 he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and in March 2010 secured a £497,907 major grant, with three PhD studentships, from the AHRC/EPSRC funded Science & Heritage Programme.  He headed a collaborative multi-disciplinary team including historians at Oxford and Yale universities and space scientists, computer scientists, museologists and archaeologists from Leicester, as well as staff from English Heritage and the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service. The Representing Re-Formation project employed 3D scanning, CAD and 3D printing and multi-disciplinary Arts research to analyse the Tudor monuments of the Dukes of Norfolk at Thetford and Framlingham. The project resulted in a number of publications, an exhibition, two Cambridge conferences and outreach events at Thetford and Framlingham, and led to the long-term loan by the British Museum of two panels originally planned for the monuments, to the Ancient House Museum, Thetford.  Professor Lindley was subsequently invited to investigate the monuments of the dukes and duchesses of Montagu: his research supported a successful Lottery Funding bid for their conservation and led to a day symposium and several other publications.

He has curated a number of exhibitions, most notably Image and Idol at Tate Britain, co-curated with the sculptor Richard Deacon in 2001-2 and Richard Deacon: This is where ideas come from at Wolfson College, Cambridge 2015. He was on organising committees for The Age of Chivalry at the Royal Academy in 1987 and Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547 at the V&A in 2003.

Lindley has been external examiner at BA and MA level at the universities of Manchester and St Andrews and at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He designed and directed the two Country House MA programmes – campus-based and distance learning - at the University of Leicester. He has taught, mainly on medieval and early modern art, but also on art theory, at BA and MA level and has lectured widely in the UK, EU and USA. Currently, he is an external representative on the Research Degrees Committee of the Courtauld Institute.

Lindley has edited or co-edited a dozen books and has authored or co-authored four more. These include, as author: Tomb Destruction and Scholarship: Medieval Monuments in Early Modern England, Donington 2007 (ISBN 978-1900289-870) and, as editor or co-editor: Balancing the Account: Prior and Gardner and the study of English Medieval Sculpture, 2019 forthcoming; Tributes to Jean Michel Massing: Towards a Global History of Art, Harvey Miller London/Turnhout 2016 (ISBN 9781909400382) and The Howards and the Tudors: Studies in Science and Heritage, Donington 2015 (ISBN 9781907730443). He has published 31 book chapters and 23 peer-reviewed papers.

Recent publications include:

  • Roubiliac’s Monuments for the Duke (d. 1749) and Duchess (d. 1751) of Montagu at Warkton in Northamptonshire and his role in the design and construction of the new chancel, Walpole Society, 76 (2014), 237-88.
  • Intention or Accident? Charles Alfred Stothard’s Monumental Effigies of Great Britain, Studies in Medievalism , XXIII (2014), 205-42.
  • Materiality, Movement and the Historical Moment, in Phillip Lindley (ed.) The Howards and the Tudors: Studies in Science & Heritage, Shaun Tyas, Donington 2015, pp. 43-75.
  • Base Reactions: Temporary Exhibitions and Ephemeral Criticism, in W. Brueckle, Pierre Alain Mariaux and Daniela Mondini (eds) Musealisierung mittelalterliche Kunst, Munich 2015, pp. 250-68.
  • The Decorative Sculpture of the British Museum Citole and its Visual Context in James Robinson, Naomi Speakman and Kathryn Buehler-McWilliams (eds) The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives, British Museum Research Publications 186, London 2015, pp. 1-14.
  • Richard Deacon: This Is Where Ideas Come From, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 2015, Leicester 2015.
  • The Poetics of the Tudor Beast, in Mark Stocker and Phillip Lindley (eds), Tributes to Jean Michel Massing: Towards a Global Art History, Harvey Miller, London/Turnhout 2016, pp. 133-54.
  • Introduction in Mark Stocker and Phillip Lindley (eds), Tributes to Jean Michel Massing: Towards a Global Art History, Harvey Miller, London/Turnhout 2016, pp. 1-14.
  • The Cutting Line, in M. Hale (ed.) Eileen Cooper: A Woman’s Skin, Wolfson College, Royal Academy, 2017, 38-51.

Professor Lindley has supervised 11 PhD students to successful completion of their theses and has been external examiner for a similar number of DLitts and Phds at CEU in Hungary, the University of Malta, the Warburg Institute, the Courtauld Institute, and the universities of Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and York.

He welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students whether interested in the field of Cultural Heritage and its scientific analysis, or in medieval and early modern sculpture and architecture.