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Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London

We offer full and part-time evening courses in History of Art, Museum Studies and the History and Theory of Photography.
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Welcome to Birkbeck

Department of History of Art

8 January - 16 February 2018: Replaced Lives

Free exhibition in our Peltz Gallery exploring the theme of ‘replacement’ through printmaking.

News from our head of department

Opening up Art History: 50 Years at Birkbeck

See our anniversary events for 2017/18

Our research centres

Find out more about our research centres and networks, focusing on photography, architecture, Eighteenth-Century Studies, digital technologies and more...

Study with us!

See all our our Art History courses here.

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Birkbeck art exhibition explores collaborative and radical work of ‘cultural sniper’ Jo Spence

The late British photographer Jo Spence's life will be celebrated through an archive of works, as featured in a new exhibition at the Peltz Gallery.

The Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art - Autumn 2017

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the Bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder.

Birkbeck art historians release two new books

The Tiger in the Smoke by Professor Lynda Nead and The Conversation Piece by Dr Kate Retford will be published this year by Yale University Press.