Dr Oonagh Murphy

Dr Oonagh Murphy becomes a Museums Association Transformer

transformrs radical change in museumsTransformers: Influence is a Museums Association professional development and advocacy network for people who believe in the social power of museums and who want to learn more about developing active partnerships within their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely. After a competitive application process, Dr Murphy has been invited to participate in this network alongside staff from Tate, V&A, Courtauld Institute, Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust.

Participants on this scheme will come away with ideas and practical tools to develop their own practice and how to initiate steps towards change. Dr Murphy will channel her learning’s from this into her research, teaching and consultancy work.

Dr Murphy is Convenor of the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and also teaches professional practice on the Art History and Visual Culture BA at Richmond.

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis published on Anglo-Saxon Falconry in The Archaeological Journal of The Royal Archaeological Institute

As the Falcon Her Bells’ at Sutton Hoo? Falconry in Early Anglo-Saxon England. Archaeological Journal of The Royal Archaeological Institute: 1-28 (2017)

 Dr. Robert J. Wallis is interested in the art and archaeology of falconry. Having set the record straight on recent debates over falconry in prehistoric Britain (published in the journal ‘Antiquity’, 2014) and the origins of falconry in West Asia (see ‘The Falconer’ 2015), he has most recently been examining the earliest evidence for falconry in England. His latest article, just published in ‘The Archaeological Journal’ of The Royal Archaeological Institute considers the early Anglo-Saxon data, consisting of the faunal remains of possible falconry birds and their quarry, the important role of raptors in art and finds of small copper-alloy bells, including one from Sutton Hoo, which may have been used in falconry equipment. He argues that a persuasive case can be made for the introduction of falconry from Scandinavia to East Anglia around the late sixth to early seventh century and that falconry may have played an important social role in this emerging kingdom

Dr Oonagh Murphy

Working in the Art World: Professional Practice Reimagined

working in the art world professional practice reimaginedOn the 6th of April 2017, Dr Oonagh Murphy presented the Richmond approach to teaching professional practice to fellow academics at the GLAD Conference at Manchester School of Art. The presentation outlined how we help our students graduate as confident, professionally literate and ‘employable’ creative professionals.

Working in the Art World

For the first time in 2017 we delivered a course called ‘Working in the Art World’ for final year BA Art History and Visual Culture Students. This module has been developed to provide students with an insight into the diverse jobs available to them upon graduation. The aim of this course is to provide students with professional literacies that allow them to write an application form, fill in a funding application or write a business plan. This is a formal taught programme which has been shaped through our experience designing a professionally focused wrap around offer for students on the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating which we call the ‘Professional Practice Exchange’.

Professional Practice Exchange

The emphasis on our MA wrap around offer, which sits alongside our taught modules is on the core day to day skills and practices from writing emails to dealing with health and safety that creatives from curators to festival managers our responsible for. Through a range of guest speakers, practical workshops and site visits, students learn about risk registers, child protection, and writing for a range of audiences, pitching for funding, interpreting and applying arts policy documents, strategic management and developing communities of practice. Rather than asking visiting professionals to talk about their creative practice or curatorial vision we ask that they talk about their daily, weekly and monthly work flow. Something which helps students to identify appropriate career paths at an early stage, and allows them to identify key skills which they can then be supported in developing over the course of the MA programme. For some students this will be learning specific software packages for others it will be getting work published before graduation. The focus on skills rather than vision, is something that we have found to be extremely valuable for our students.


Student Trip to Sutton Hoo and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Sutton Hoo is one of the most important Anglo-Saxon burial sites in Britain and pioneering work in experimental archaeology resulted in the reconstruction of dwellings at West Stow Anglo-Saxon village. Dr Robert J. Wallis and Dr Alex Seago led a group of students including those studying Wallis’ class ‘Anglo-Saxon and Viking England’ on a weekend trip to the beautiful county of Suffolk to visit these iconic archaeological sites. Blessed with fine weather, the group were enthralled by reconstructions of the key finds from Mound 1, displayed in ‘The Treasury’ at Sutton Hoo (we’d viewed the originals at the British Museum on an earlier trip), wandered around the mounds of the atmospheric cemetery and took time out to refresh themselves at a country inn.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village 2 West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village 3 West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village 4 West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Mr Trevor Morris

Trevor Morris on the Now Show BBC 4

Following the Pepsi Kendall Jenner debacle last week popular BBC Radio 4 comedy show decided to take a look at PR crises. Richmond’s own resident PR guru Professor Trevor Morris was asked to give his view as to what had happened and how well it had been handled. The recording was made in the iconic BBC radio theatre in Portland Place in front of a live audience and can be played here.


Dr Christopher Wylde

Dr. Christopher Wylde presents paper at the SLAS Annual Conference in Glasgow

On Friday 7th April 2017 Dr. Christopher Wylde presented a paper titled ‘The end of neodesarrollismo? The political economy of Argentina under Mauricio Macri’, as part of a panel: The Cambiemos government in Argentina: Menemismo reloaded, Kirchnerismo’s antipode, or something different? that was an element of the Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference at the University of Glasgow.


Pop Art and Design – Alex Seago co-edited volume to be published in November 2017

pop art and design bookThis book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions, the authors seek out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive ‘high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. The book is co-edited by Prof. Anne Massey of LCC and Alex Seago, Richmond’s Dean of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject.