Dr Phillip Lindley
Reader in Art History
Tel: 0116 252 2840
I graduated with a first from Cambridge in 1980 and stayed on to read my PhD there. I was awarded a Bye Fellowship at Downing College for outstanding doctoral research. In 1985 I took up a Research Fellowship at St. Catharine's College and subsequently held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, at the King’s Manor, University of York. I came to Leicester in 1991 and was Head of Department from 1998 to 2003, during which time I introduced the study of Film into the department. In 2004, I was founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the Country House and designed the MA programme, graduating more than 50 students before handing the programme over. In 1992 I was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2002. The Leverhulme Trust gave me an award in 2007, when I wrote my book Tomb Destruction and Scholarship. In 2009 I enjoyed a Visiting Scholarship at the Yale Center for British Art and in 2010 was awarded a half million pound grant from the Science and Heritage Programme (AHRC and EPSRC). I am 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). It ends in December 2013.
I have experience of exhibition curation, most notably ‘Image & Idol’, at Tate Britain in 2001-2, an innovative and controversial exhibition about the attacks on medieval sculpture during the Reformation and afterwards, with the Turner Prize winning sculptor Richard Deacon. I have also contributed to exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Victoria and Albert Museum. Most recently, I have curated the 'Thetford's Lost Tudor Sculptures' exhibition [on till March 2014] at Thetford's Ancient House Museum. See http://representingreformation.net/latest/events/exhibition-now-open-thetfords-lost-tudor-sculptures/
I am the principal supervisor for an 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
I currently direct the ‘Representing Re-Formation’ project and I am working on various other studies of medieval, early modern and Renaissance imagery. I have a subsidiary interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century historicism and in the origins of conservation theory.
I have so far supervised nine students to successful completion of their doctorates: Riches ; Oosterwijk ; Herbert ; Sumpter ; Pridgeon ; Clark ; Fried ; Bailey . Miriam Cady passed in November 2013, subject to minor amendments and Rebecca Constabel is waiting for her viva. In 2013-14, I am on research leave but would be glad to hear from prospective students interested in late-medieval and early modern art and architecture in Britain or in its later reception.
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.