Friday 14th November
Research Lunch

Chloe Kroeter
(Watts Gallery)
'To Illustrate the Beautiful and Noble': Drawings of George Frederic Watts

Friday 28th November
Research Lunch

Eleonora Pistis
(Worcester College, Oxford)
Nicholas Hawksmoor, Oxford, and Eighteenth-Century Europe

October Conference

Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture,
600 - 1500
Tickets available

Please note that due to events there may be Public Study Room Closures


Recent Publications

  • William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
    William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
  • Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
    Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
  • in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter
    in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter



Forthcoming Events

Research Seminar Programme - Autumn 2014

Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500

© Trustees of the British Museum

30th, 31st October & 1st November 2014 at The British Museum

A collaborative event organised by the      Paul Mellon Centre and The British Museum 

About the conference

This conference will explore the ways in which artists and patrons in Britain devised and introduced new or distinctive imagery, styles and techniques, as well as novel approaches to bringing different media together. It is concerned with the mechanisms of innovation, with inventive and imaginative processes, and with the relations between conventions and individual expression. The conversation will therefore also address the very notions of sameness and difference in medieval art and architecture, and how these may be evaluated and explained historically. 



Topics for discussion can include authorship, creativity, experimentation, envisaging, representation, and regulation by guilds or patrons, as well as casestudies of particular objects, buildings, commissions or practices.



Where and When

The conference will take place on 30th October - 1st November at The British Museum; it will include collaborations with the museum's Department of Prehistory & Europe and opportunities to see works from the collection. 

Click here for the programme

Click here to purchase tickets

How to choose an Object Session

Please select from the list below and the object session you would like to attend on day 1 and day 2.  Each session is limited to 20 people and you are limited to one object session per day.

Provide us with your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference, in case your first option is not available.

Please make your selections and email events@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by 20th October - after this date we will automatically select a session for you.

DAY 1
Thursday 30th October
13.30 - 15.00 PM

1. Michael Carter: Cracking the Code: The Warden Abbey Morses
2. Jessica Berenbiem: Badges, Similarity, and Differences
3. Sue Brunning: The Sutton Hoo shoulder clasps: Mischievous Masterpieces
4. Tim Ayers & Jane Spooner: The Painted Fragments from St Stephens Chapel Westminster
5. John Cherry: Invention and Tradition in Medieval Seal Matrices
6. Michael Michael & Lisa Monnas: Look at 'Opus Anglicanum': Remediation through embroidery

DAY 2
Friday 31st October
15.30 - 17.00 PM

7. Michael Carter: Cracking the Code: The Warden Abbey Morses
8. Jessica Berenbiem: Badges, Similarity, and Differences
9. Sandy Heslop: Ivory Carving in England - 950 - 1150
10. Sue Brunning: The Sutton Hoo shoulder clasps: Mischievous Masterpieces
11. Tim Ayers & Jane Spooner: The Painted Fragments from St Stephens Chapel Westminster
12. John Cherry: Invention and Tradition in Medieval Seal Matrices

Confirmation of your object sessions will be in your conference pack on the day.

List of participants and speakers' titles & abstracts (A-Z)

Jessica Barker (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
Effigies of Husband and Wife at Bredon and Lowthorpe: Investigating Unique Iconography on Fourteenth-Century Funerary Sculpture

Paul Binski, Keynote Speaker (Professor of the History of Medieval Art History : University of Cambridge)
Medieval Invention and its Potencies

Kerry Paul Boeye (Assistant Professor of Art History : Loyla University Maryland)
Iconographic Invention in Thirteenth- and early Fourteenth-Century English Psalters

Alexandrina Buchanan (Lecturer in Archive Studies : University of Liverpool)
Gained in Translation: Architectural Drawing and Three-Dimensional Geometry

Andrew Budge (PhD Candidate, Birkbeck College : University of London)
The Fourteenth rebuilding of the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick: Risk-taking Innovation or Simple Fashion Statement?

James Alexander Cameron (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
The Englishness of English Sedilla

Kristen Collins (Associate Curator, Department of Manuscripts : Getty Museum)
Resonance and Reuse: The Reinvention of a Late-Romanesque Vita Christi in Fifteenth-Century East Anglia

Lloyd De Beer (Project Curator, Late Medieval Collections : The British Museum)
The Key of David and the Temple of Justice: An Analysis of the Chichester Seal Matrix

Veronica Decker (Art History Department : University of Vienna)
The Patronage of William of Wykeham: Imagination and Experimentation in Fourteenth-Century Art and Architecture

Emily Guerry (Junior Research Fellow in History of Art, Merton College : University of Oxford)
Picturing the Saints: Relics, Patronage and the "Westminster Court Style" in Gothic Cult Painting

Jack Hartnell (Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ Victoria and Albert Museum)
The Wound Man and the English Medical Imagination

James Hillson (PhD Candidate : University of York)
Iterative Invention: Delayed Design in Dynastic Gothic at St Stephen's Chapel Westminster and Norwich Cathedral Cloister

Aden Kumler, Keynote Speaker (Associate Professor of Art History and the College : University of Chicago)
Envisioning Art as Process in Medieval Britain

Helen Lunnon (Tutor in Art History : University of East Anglia)
Inventio Porticus

Julian Luxford (Reader in Art History : University of St Andrews)
Inscribed Churches in Late Medieval England

John Munns (Lecturer in the History of Medieval Art : University of Cambridge)
Seeing Things: from Art to Apparition in the High Middle Ages

Laura Slater (Post Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History : University of York)
Inventing and Imagining Place: Jerusalems in England and the Case of Westminster

Roger Stalley (Professor Emeritus of the History of Art : Trinity College)
Reason and Imagination in English Gothic Architecture