This year’s Understanding British Portraits Annual Seminar took place at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 29 November.

The Annual Seminar aims to highlight current scholarly research, collections-based learning programmes, curatorial best practice, and conservation case studies.

Annual Seminar 29 November 2017 – programme

Short film of highlights from this event:


Podcasts of presentations:

Dr. Juliet Carey, Senior Curator, Waddesdon Manor (The Rothschild Collection)
Courtiers, Hilliards and Buttons: curating a display of Elizabethan portraits at Waddesdon Manor


Alice Cox, Exhibitions and Audience Development Officer, The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Refracted: Collection Highlights: an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality


Dr. Jim Cheshire, Reader in Cultural History, University of Lincoln
Tennyson, Photography and Portraiture 1857-92

Additional film: Jim Cheshire discusses the wider context of his Annual Seminar presentation, ‘Tennyson, Photography and Portraiture 1857-92‘, at the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln


Paul Holden, FSA, House and Collections Manager, National Trust, Lanhydrock
Princes to Paupers: portraiture in the Lanhydrock photographic collection


Dr Jane Hamlett, Dr Lesley Hoskins and Dr Rebecca Preston, Royal Holloway, University of London
Pets in Victorian Family Photograph Albums (presented by Dr Rebecca Preston)


Dr Lucasta Miller, literary biographer
The protean poetess: portraiture, masquerade, and celebrity in the post-Byronic era


Louise Cooling, Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust
Louie Burrell (1873-1971): Portrait of an Edwardian Miniaturist