You will have access to outstanding technical research support and facilities. The Peltz Gallery is a flexible exhibition space for digital and material displays, small-scale performances, lectures and meetings. The space allows a constellation of research and creative activities to happen at the heart of the building. A range of advanced technical resources is also available in the Vasari Research Centre.
The Architecture, Space and Society Centre was founded in 2011 with the aim of providing a focus for the research activities taking place within Birkbeck and beyond in the area of architectural, design and landscape history.
By bringing together scholars from early and modern periods with academics from other disciplines, curators and heritage experts, it also acts as a forum for those with an interest in the built environment and space more generally.
Formally established in 2012, the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre aims to facilitate, exchange and showcase existing and new interdisciplinary research on the history and theory of photography at Birkbeck and in the wider photographic and academic community.
Birkbeck's location in Bloomsbury offers excellent access to specialist libraries in the University of London, including the University of London Library, Institute for Historical Research, Warburg Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, and the major national resource of the British Library. You will also have easy access to specialist art libraries not far from Birkbeck, including the library of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the British Architectural Library and the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The great visual resources of the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery and V&A, commercial galleries and salesrooms, and temporary exhibition galleries like the Barbican Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hayward Gallery and Royal Academy also make London a particularly good place in which to undertake research.
The department has a lively postgraduate culture, and students meet regularly to participate in reading groups, writing groups and special research skills seminars. There is an annual research forum, where professionals in related fields share their expertise. We also run a postgraduate seminar series, where internationally renowned scholars present current research.
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