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Profile: Dr Clare Taylor

Dr Clare Taylor

The Open University, Art History Department

Professional biography

Clare is a historian of art and design who specialises in the interior and its decoration. After a first degree in History at Durham, she studied Art Gallery & Museum Studies at Manchester and worked as an art curator at galleries including Manchester and Aberdeen where she was responsible for the restoration of a historic house museum and contributed to exhibitions on topics ranging from Scottish watercolours to the growth of public parks.  

Her research is about how and why consumers decorate their homes, the designers who create goods for the interior, and the firms who manufacture them. Clare’s current project concerns gilt leather across Britain and Ireland, and she discussed a panel in the museum’s collection in a recent contribution to the V&A Magazine. 

She has convened and written for the Art History block of a major new interdisciplinary level one module in Arts & Humanities, A112, Cultures. Her teaching materials included a chapter exploring the Elizabethan country house, while for the third level Art History module, A344, Art & its Global Histories, she has written about the impact of interactions between Asia and Britain on eighteenth-century design, drawing on objects in the V&A.

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