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Meet the team in Art History and Cultural Practices.

Departmental Statement

We, the staff of the department of Art History and Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester, abhor racism and are committed to redressing the issues of discrimination and racialised disadvantage within our disciplines and our own teaching and research practice, and to decolonising our curriculum. We condemn the institutionalised racist oppression that led to the killing of George Floyd and fully support the Black Lives Matter movement. We are determined to produce a departmental culture which welcomes and supports BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disabled students and staff, and where every one is equally recognised and can flourish. 


We attract the very best talent, and our staff are both international and internationally recognised.

Our inspiring academics can give our students first-hand access to cutting-edge research and real-world knowledge to take with them after graduation.

Head of Art History and Cultural Practices

Staff - Art History

Staff - Institute for Cultural Practices

Honorary professors

  • Dr Maria Balshaw CBE - Director of Tate (formerly Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries)
  • Alistair Hudson - Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery and Honorary Professor of Useful Art
  • Dr Nick Merriman - Director of The Manchester Museum
  • Esme Ward - Director of The Manchester Museum and Honorary Professor of Heritage Futures

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