Academic staff

University of Buckingham staff

Jeremy Howard, Programme Director and Tutor for British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

Jeremy HowardJeremy Howard is the Programme Director and Tutor for Admissions for the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, as well as Head of Research at the art dealers, Colnaghi. He is the tutor for British fine and decorative arts and historic interiors c.1660-c.1830. Educated at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Jeremy spent thirteen years in the London art market, first at Christie’s and then at Colnaghi, and also worked for a number of years for a gallery specialising in architectural drawings, before joining the University of Buckingham and setting up the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors in 2000. He also taught for three years at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests include British patronage and collecting from the 18th to early 20th centuries, the Grand Tour and the English country house, and the history of the London art market. He has recently published a history of Colnaghi and its role in the art market to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the firm.

Dr Barbara Lasic, Tutor for French Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

Barbara LasicBarbara Lasic studied English literature and history at the Université Denis Diderot in Paris, and history of art at the University of Manchester where, in 2006, she gained a PhD on the collecting of eighteenth-century French decorative arts in Britain, 1789-1914. She now works at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the curatorial team involved in the redevelopment of the Europe: 1600-1800 galleries. She curated the recent V&A exhibitions “Albertopolis: the Development of South Kensington and the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter” (November 2011- April 2012), “‘So Noble a Confection’: Producing and Consuming Chocolate, 1600-1800″ (October 2010 – September 2011), and “Gargoyles and Shadows: Gothic Architecture and 19th-century Photography” (January –  May 2010). Before joining the V&A, Barbara held positions at the Wellcome Trust and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Barbara has published on the subject of art collecting, the history of taste, and museum architecture. Her current research interests include the formation of museums, the private and institutional collecting and display of French art, and the production and consumption of Russeries in eighteenth-century France

Wallace Collection Lecturers

Stephen Duffy, Wallace Collection, Nineteenth-Century Collecting and Exhibitions

Stephen Duffy, who is Senior Curator and Head of the Curatorial Team, Exhibitions Curator, Curator of 19th-century Pictures and Frames,  lectures on nineteenth-century collecting as well as contributing to the teaching of exhibition curatorship for the professional practice project. He joined the Wallace Collection in 1991 and was appointed Curator of Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Exhibitions in 1999. His publications include Paul Delaroche 1797-1856. Paintings in the Wallace Collection (1997; 2nd ed. 2010); Richard Parkes Bonington (2003; 2nd ed. 2004) and (with Jo Hedley) The Wallace Collection’s Pictures. A Complete Catalogue (2004). His is currently writing a book about the miniatures in the Wallace Collection (written with his colleague Christoph Vogtherr).

Jürgen Huber, Head of Conservation, Wallace Collection

Jürgen Huber teaches furniture techniques. He joined The Wallace Collection in 2004 and is now Senior Furniture Conservator. Following the journeyman tradition Jürgen trained as a cabinetmaker and restorer in Germany, France and Benelux, becoming a Tischler Meister in 1992. He gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Studies from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 1998 and since then has worked for public institutions and private clients in the UK, mainland Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

Dr Helen Jacobsen, Wallace Collection, 18th-century French Decorative Arts

Helen Jacobsen

Helen Jacobsen who lectures on French Decorative Arts is Curator of French Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts  at the Wallace Collection. She graduated in History of Art from Cambridge University and later received her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum. She did further postgraduate study at Oxford University, where her DPhil investigated the foreign influences in art, architecture and the decorative arts that characterised much cultural patronage by English diplomats in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  She has published in the Journal of the History of Collections and the Historical Journal, and her book Luxury and Power: the Material World of the Stuart Diplomat was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. She is a Fellow of the University’s Humanities Research Institute and supervises doctoral research on collecting and French decorative art.   Before joining the staff of the Wallace Collection, she taught first at New College, Oxford and then joined the University of Buckingham as Tutor in the French Decorative Arts. She was also the Assistant Director on the Attingham Summer School, an intensive programme of study focusing on the history, architecture and contents of historic buildings.

Dame Rosalind Savill FSA, French Porcelain

Rosalind Savill, who gives the lectures on French porcelain, is the former Director of the Wallace Collection and a world authority on Sèvres porcelain. After graduating from the University of Leeds, she worked for a time in the Ceramics Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum before joining the Wallace Collection in 1974. A highly distinguished ceramics scholar, she is author of the three-volume catalogue of the Sèvres porcelain in the Wallace Collection and President of the French Porcelain Society. In 2000 she was made a CBE for services to the study of ceramics. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Buckinghamshire and Chiltern University College and also won the European Woman of Achievement Award for the Arts and Media. In 2009 she became a Dame of the British Empire. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy, Visiting Professor of the University of Buckingham and visiting Professor at the University of Arts in London.

External specialist lecturers

Dr Adam Bowett

Adam-BowettDr Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian. He works as a consultant on historic English furniture with public institutions and private clients in both Britain and North America. The former include The National Trust, English Heritage, The Department of Culture Media and Sport, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous regional and local bodies. He also teaches furniture history at universities and other institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckinghamshire New University and West Dean College. He has published widely in popular and academic journals, and is the author of three books on English furniture and furniture-making. List of publications.

Dr Ian Bristow, Historic paint analysis

Ian Bristow lectures on historic paint analysis and the redecoration of the historic interior.  The author of  Architectural Colour in British Interiors, 1615-1840 (Yale, 1996) and Interior House Painting Colours and Technology, 1615-1840 (Yale, 1996), he is an architect and specialist consultant on the restoration of historic interiors and a leading authority on historic paint colours.

Jane Gardiner, Ceramics Specialist

Jane Gardiner, who lectures on glass and British ceramics, trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and went on to become a Research Assistant and Lecturer in the V&A Education Department. In 1987 she was invited to join Sotheby’s Institute as tutor of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century Decorative Art, going on to become a Senior Lecturer and a Deputy Director of Sotheby’s UK. She continues to lecture for both organisations. Her areas of specialisation are early European ceramics and glass and eighteenth-century European design.

Timothy Schroder, Silver Expert

Timothy SchroderTimothy Schroder is a curator and freelance lecturer. Following an early career at Christie Manson and Woods Ltd, where he became Director of the Silver Department and an auctioneer, he was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1984-89) and a director of Partridge Fine Art (1990-96).  From 1996 to 2000 he was Curator of the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House ; he was subsequently a Consultant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2000-9).

He is Chairman of the Silver Society (since 2011), a  Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (since 2012) and a trustee of the Wallace Collection (since 2013). He has been a Member of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee since 1995, and a Member of Eton College Collections external advisory panel since 2011.

Publications include The National Trust Book of English Domestic Silver (London, 1988), The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver (Los Angeles, 1988), Renaissance Silver from the Schroder Collection (London, 2007), British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 2009) and Renaissance and Baroque: Silver, Mounted Porcelain and Ruby Glass from the  Zilkha Collection (London, 2012), together with numerous articles for Apollo, Burlington Magazine and other journals.

John Thorneycroft LVO, FSA, RIBA, Architectural Restoration

John Thorneycroft, who lectures on the restoration of the historic interior, joined the Directorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings (DoE) in 1974 from private practice and managed a series of schemes of conversion, re-presentation and repair, mainly at Hampton Court Palace. In 1983 at English Heritage he was given special responsibility for co-ordinating their advice to the then Department of National Heritage, the National Trust and the Royal Household following the major fires at Hampton Court (1986), Uppark (1991) and Windsor Castle (1992).

Annabel Westman FSA,  Textiles

Annabel-WestmanAnnabel Westman, FSA, is an independent textile historian specialising in the restoration of historic interiors. She has worked on a wide range of significant projects, carrying out research on the original furnishing schemes and advising on their implementation. In addition to privately owned historic houses, she has worked regularly for heritage bodies including English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has published articles in some of the leading art history magazines and journals and lectures widely on historic furnishing textiles.

She is also Director of Studies for The Attingham Trust,, an educational charity founded in 1952 for the study of historic houses and collections. The Trust offers specialised study courses, internationally recognised for their sustained academic excellence, for professionals engaged in this field. She was former Director of the Attingham Summer School (1992-2005).

Annabel Westman lectures on the history, design and usage of furnishing textiles. She has been an independent textile historian and consultant on the restoration of historic interiors for the past thirty years and has worked on a large number of projects for heritage bodies in country houses and museums in the UK and USA. Recent work includes Kew Palace, Chatsworth, Kedleston Hall and Temple Newsam House. She was appointed a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1997.

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