Department of Art History

Art History at 50: Oral History Project

The project explored questions such as the role of Sussex in the development of Art History over the past 50 years and the ways in which Art History at Sussex has been shaped by its interdisciplinary context. It asked participants to discuss what for them is distinctive about Art History at Sussex.

We wanted to use this opportunity to reflect on our department’s intellectual origins, history and identity and explore how we will continue to develop in the future. Interviewees included Professor Maurice Howard, Professor David Allan Mellor, Dorothy Scruton, Julian Bell, Nicola Coleby, Patrick Conner, Simon Lane, Gilane Tawadros and others. Art History at 50 symposium poster

The project was directed by Dr Flora Dennis with Dr Alexandra Loske as a researcher, who interviewed current and former faculty, support staff and students. Alexandra, an art historian herself, was trained and supported by the CLHLWR (Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research) and its Director Professor Margaretta Jolly

On this website we will share extracts from these interviews [under construction]. 

On 25 November 2017 we held a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art History Department at Sussex University. Further events relating to Art History at 50 are being planned for 2020 and 2021.

Alumni and ex-members of staff are invited to share their own memories about Art History at Sussex at this Facebook group:

Twitter handle: @SussexArtHisto1