Mr Matthew Jones

Post:Research student (Art History)
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Matthew Jones is a AHRC CHASE-funded doctoral student in the department of Art History. The current title of his thesis is 'Building a Genealogy of Post-Colonial Museums'. This research will chart the changing ways in which museums through their displays have negotiated the issues raised by presenting narratives of empire and colonialism. It will specifically look at how the British Slave Trade has been presented in narratives in curated spaces. Through this the project will explore issues surrounding narrative, identity, trauma and memory. Ultimately it aims to contribution to how we understand the role of museums and the impact of curating in a post-colonial society.


Previously from 2016-2017 Matthew completed an MA in Art History and Museum Curating where he again focused on issues surrounding the creation of a post-colonial curatorial practice. For his dissertation he focused on the response by museums to the 2007 bicentenary of the parliamentary abolition of slavery and if those response had been sustained in the subsequent decade of curatorial practice.   


Docotral Researcher in Art History 


Student Associate Member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research



2018 -ongoing, PhD in Art History.

2016-2017 MA in Art Hitory and Museum Curating, University of Sussex.

2013-2016 BA (Hons) in History and Politics, University of Warwick.