Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Sussex Art History at 50

The oral history of the art history department of the University of Sussex

The CLHLWR is proud to be advising and working with the Department of Art History at Sussex University on carrying out an oral history of the department in preparation for its 50th anniversary. The project is directed by Dr Flora Dennis with Dr Alexandra Loske as researcher, who will be interviewing current and former faculty, support staff and students. Alexandra, an art historian herself, has been trained by the CLHLWR to become an oral historian. 



Alexandra in Robert Goff exhibition, 2012 Dr Alexandra Loske

Dr Flora DennisDr Flora Dennis

Brief project description:

In 2017-18 the Art History department at the University of Sussex will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of ‘Sussex Art History at 50’, we are carrying out an oral history of the department, interviewing current and former faculty, support staff and students.

The project will explore 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 asks participants to discuss what for them is distinctive about Art History at Sussex.

We want 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 inlcude Professor Maurice Howard, Professor David Allan Mellor, Dorothy Scruton, Julian Bell, Nicola Coleby, Gilane Tawadros and others.

On 25 November 2017 there will be a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art History Department at Sussex University. For more information and how to book tickets follow this link: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/42011

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