We have an exceptional collection of artwork on display at Royal Holloway. It is of great importance to us to preserve it and learn from it, so that students and visitors can continue to enjoy it in years to come.
Our collections and archives provide a rich research resource, and we welcome researchers who wish to study them.
Researchers can see items from the collection and their corresponding curatorial files by making an appointment.
We have a team of expert painting, paper, textile and frame conservators and volunteers who help our team to care for the collections.
Our conservation programme ensures our works of art are displayed and stored in the best possible environment. We use techniques such as adding glazing to all works on display and carefully monitoring temperature and humidity levels in the gallery and our stores.
Volunteer with us
Our student volunteers play a crucial role in helping to make the Picture Gallery and Art Collections accessible and enjoyable to a wide variety of visitors.
Volunteers welcome visitors to the Picture Gallery during public opening hours, answer questions about the collections from visitors, record visitor numbers and their feedback, and help with lunchtime talks. They also assist in planning art activities for family open days, and deliver Short Talks in the Gallery’s Short Talks Programme.
If you are a Royal Holloway student interested in volunteering, get in touch.
Meet the Art Collections team
Dr Laura MacCulloch has been working in art galleries for ten years and is passionate about caring for collections and making them accessible to a wide variety of visitors. Her specialism is Victorian art and her research has focused on the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, women artists and the influence of Japanese art on Britain. As an undergraduate she studied History and History of Art at the University of Birmingham before returning to study for her MPhil and PhD, both in History of Art. Her PhD discussed the works on paper held at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown. She has previously worked for The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool.
Dr Imogen Tedbury is interested in the long lives of artworks, from the time of their making to their recent collecting, reception and display. She has two specialisms: medieval and Renaissance art, and the history of taste in the long nineteenth century. After a BA in English at Clare College, Cambridge, she received her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD, undertaken at the Courtauld and the National Gallery, focused on the reception of art from Siena. She has previously worked at the Watts Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she was a J. Clawson Mills Fellow in the Robert Lehman Collection.
Art Collections Cataloguer
Dr Erin McKellar enjoys researching the hidden histories of works of art and objects of everyday use. She specialises in the history of modern architecture and design and recent research projects have focused on intersections among women as architectural makers, mediators and users. In 2018 she received her PhD in History of Art and Architecture from Boston University, where her thesis investigated housing exhibitions during the Second World War. She been a fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art and the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies at Cornell University and has worked at a range of museums including the Norton Museum of Art and Sir John Soane’s Museum.