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A new research partnership between the V&A and York

The V&A and the History of Art department at the University of York have agreed to institute a research partnership designed to further the most advanced art-historical scholarship in areas of mutual interest and expertise. The partnership will formally begin in the academic year 2010-11.


Under the terms of this partnership, selected curators and scholars from both institutions will focus for two-yearly periods on a designated research field or strand, tied to particular areas of specialism within the Museum and to the art-historical areas covered by one of the Research Schools in the York History of Art department.


Between 2010 and 2012 the designated strand will be ‘Medievalisms’. In this period experts in the medieval field from the V&A will work with members of the department’s Research School in Medievalisms. Future years will see the two institutions working together in the other areas covered by the department’s Research Schools – Architectural History and Theory; British Art; Sculpture; and Stained Glass.


Collaborative research and scholarship in these designated strands will be developed in the following ways:

An annual V&A/York lecture, in which a scholar from one institution will give a public lecture in the other; the venue will alternate from year to year.

An annual V&A/York symposium, again taking place in each venue in alternate years. Each such event will be jointly organised by a V&A curator and a York colleague.

Annual V&A/York Research Fellowships. These will see a V&A curator coming to York for a short period each year to present their research, to give classes to our MA and PhD students, and to work with a York collaborator. Each year a member of the History of Art department will spend a similar period at the V&A’s research department, working with interested curators, and presenting their research.

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