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Dr Rosanna Eckersley

I graduated with first-class honours from Birkbeck College in 1994, where my studies focused on History of Art and Literature. I was awarded an MA in Visual Culture from Middlesex University in 1998, and I have a teaching qualification (Cert. Ed.). I was awarded my PhD by the University of East Anglia in 2015, for a thesis titled ‘A Study of Winifred Knights, 1915-1933’.

My research interests include: inter-war ‘moderate’ modernism; the British School at Rome (established in 1901);  the representation and status of motherhood in nineteenth and twentieth-century art and society, particularly in the United Kingdom. Committed to communicating knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for art and design history, I have a wide range of experience teaching at the higher education level. Current employment includes a range of courses for the Open University, for Birkbeck, the WEA and as a freelance lecturer in British art and design.


  • 'Foreword'. In Christopher Campbell-Howes, Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, 2016.
  • 'An Awkward fit? Winifred Knights' Scenes from the Life of Saint Martin of Tours, Canterbury Cathedral'. Visual Culture in Britain, 2017.