Kate Nichols

Classics/History of Art PhD


'The School of History, Classics and Archaeology was an ideal place for my interdisciplinary project, 'Greece and Rome at the Crystal Palace, 1854-1936', which assessed the significance of Greek and Roman sculpture in mid-nineteenth century culture.

'It discussed how classical statuary became a focus point for national debate on issues of morality and beauty, design reform and taste, and the relationship between ancient and modern empires, when it was exhibited to new mass audience.

'My viva took place in September 2009; I was examined by a Prof. Maria Wyke (Department of Greek and Latin, UCL) and Prof. Michael Hatt (History of Art, Warwick) and passed with no corrections.

'The thesis was funded by the AHRC, and I was able to participate in their Library of Congress scheme from March-July 2008, which provides British students with the opportunity to live and study in Washington DC and to use the astonishing resources of the Library of Congress.

'I am currently based at Bristol University's Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Henry Moore Foundation. I'll be preparing the thesis for publication in addition to teaching History of Art BA students and Classics and History of Art MA students.'

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