Dr Laura MacCulloch is Royal Holloway's College Curator and cares for the Royal Holloway Art Collection. 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. Most recently she has been exploring Victorian depictions of the workshouse in painting, focusing on Luke Fildes picture Aplicants for Admission to a Casual Ward (1874) which is part of the Thomas Holloway Art Collection.
Her publications include:
‘Revaluating the 'outsider': Ford Madox Brown and cultural Dialogues in mid-19th-century Europe’ in Britain, Europe and beyond – Artists and Migration 1400-1850, Cambridge Scholars, 2017
Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters, co-editor, Peter Lang, 2014
Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2013
'Fleshing out Time: Ford Madox Brown and the Dalziels' Bible Gallery' in Reading Victorian Illustration, 1855 - 1875, eds. Paul Goldman and Simon Cooke, Ashgate, 2012
'Proposing, Planning, and Hanging an Exhibition' inDon't Ask for the Mona Lisa: How to Propose, Prepare and Organise an Exhibition, eds. Heather Birchall and Amelia Yates, published by the Association of Art Historians, 2012
'Ford Madox Brown: Forgotten Illustrations', and all catalogue entries in Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite, exhibition catalogue, ed. Tessa Sidey, D Giles, 2008
Michaela Jones is currently undertaking a collaborative PhD between the Art Collections and the History Department at Royal Holloway. The focus of her research is Christiana Herringham (1852-1929), her own artworks, and the art collection which was bequeathed to the College after her death. Her research will make extensive use of our art collection, and in particular a recently discovered portfolio of 120 sketches and watercolours by Herringham. Michaela's research will also draw upon Herringham's book collection and photograph albums, which include many images from her travels to India.