Dr Phillip Lindley
Reader in Art History
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Phillip Lindley graduated with a first-class degree from Downing College, Cambridge, where he also read his PhD and was awarded a Bye Fellowship for outstanding doctoral research. He was awarded a Research Fellowship at St. Catharine's College in 1985, after which he held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, at the King’s Manor, University of York. He came to the University of Leicester in 1991. He was Head of Department from 1998 to 2003, during which time he introduced the study of Film into the department, and was 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 awarded a Research Grant from the Leverhulme Trust in 2007 to write his book Tomb Destruction and Scholarship, and in 2009 was awarded a Visiting Scholarship at the Yale Center for British Art. In 2010, he was awarded a half million pound grant from the Science and Heritage Programme (AHRC and EPSRC) and is Principal Investigator of the 'Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments’. This is a collaborative multi-disciplinary venture, using 3D laser scanning to explore Renaissance tomb-monuments, with researchers at Leicester (Space Research Centre, Museology and Computer Science), Oxford (History), Yale Center for British Art (Yale University) and English Heritage. This project began work in 2010 and has been featured on BBC Television and Radio (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13748889 and listen to an interview on the Today Programme).
In 2001-2 he curated ‘Image & Idol’, at Tate Britain, an innovative and controversial exhibition of medieval sculpture, with the Turner Prize winning sculptor Richard Deacon. He has also contributed to exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Victoria and Albert Museum.
He is the Principal Supervisor for the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust, with Prof. Rosemary Sweet as co-supervisor. Megan Leyland began her doctorate in 2011 on 'Gender Patronage and Architecture in the Nineteenth-Century Country House'.
Current Research Projects
He currently directs the ‘Representing Re-Formation’ project and is working on various other studies of medieval, early modern and Renaissance imagery. He has a subsidiary interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century historicism and in the origins of conservation theory.
I have supervised seven students to successful completion of their doctorates: Riches ; Oosterwijk ; Herbert ; Sumpter ; Pridgeon ; Clark ; Fried  and one has just submitted [Bailey]. Currently I have three full-time PhD students (Cady; Constabel; Leyland), two funded by the AHRC [Leyland through the CDA, Constabel through my 'Representing Re-Formation' project] Miriam Cady is a Departmental Scholar.
Most Recent Publications
The artistic practice, protracted publication, and posthumous completion of Charles Alfred Stothard’s Monumental Effigies of Great Britain, Antiquaries Journal, 92 (2012) 385-426.
‘Pickpurse’ Purgatory, the Dissolution of the Chantries and the Suppression of Intercession for the Dead, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 164 (2011), 277-304.
Worcester and Westminster: the figure-sculpture of Prince Arthur's chapel, in S.J. Gunn & L. Monckton (eds), Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge 2009, 141-66.
‘The Artist’: Institutions, Training and Status’ in T. Ayers (ed.), The History of British Art 600-1600, Yale, London and New Haven 2008, pp. 140-65.