The Archive comprises material relating to almost every aspect of Waterfield’s life – from childhood until death – and reflects his varied career and many interests. It contains, for example, research notes and correspondence relating to the exhibition Below Stairs: 400 years of Servants’ Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery (2004) and the publication the People’s Galleries: Art Museums and Exhibitions in Victorian Britain (YUP 2015). It also includes material related to his long-standing interest in the Country House and a small amount of material related to his Uncle, Humphrey Waterfield, who created Gardens at Hill Pasture, Essex and Le Clos du Peyronnet, Menton. It includes research notes, diaries, correspondence, draft manuscripts and photographs.
Giles Adrian Waterfield (1949–2016) was a museum director, curator, teacher, advisor and author. He was Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery (1979-1996); Joint Director of the Attingham Trust (1994-2003); an associate lecturer at the Courtauld; and the expert adviser or trustee to a huge number of leading institutions. He was also a successful author of both of art historical texts and fiction. His first novel, The Long Afternoon, won the McKitterick prize in 2001