This short film by event Fellow Aksana Khan builds on the Understanding British Portraits webinar of November 2020, ‘From De-Colonial to Anti-Colonial – What’s Next for Museum Interpretation?

Here, Aksana reflects on how the seismic events of 2020 have impacted the arts, museum and heritage sectors, and what remains to be done. Aksana speaks with two early career contemporary artists, Tayo Adekunle and Nilupa Yasmin, about the legacies of empire, decentring the white gaze, and what an anti-racist gallery or museum space might look like.


Short film by UBP Fellow Gemma Haigh reflecting on John Russell’s pastel portraits of female sitters in the Guildford Heritage Service collection (2021).


Three short films by UBP Fellow Dr Imogen Tedbury in which she explores paintings of former College Principals in the Royal Holloway and Bedford College art collection (2021).


Principals and Pioneers – Episode 1: Margaret Tuke

Principals and Pioneers – Episode 2: Ellen Charlotte Higgins by William Orpen

Principals and Pioneers – Episode 3: Dame Emily Penrose by Philip Alexius de László



Highlights film from UBP nework and Engage conference, Engaging Young People aged 14-21 with Portraits, and Stephanie Ampofo’s poem ‘Picture Portraiture’, Leeds Art Gallery, 21 January 2020


Highlights film from joint Subject Specialist Network conference, Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions’ conference, 21-22 February 2018



Dr Jim Cheshire discusses the wider context of his 2017 Annual Seminar presentation, ‘Tennyson, Photography and Portraiture 1857-92’, at the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln

Annual Seminar 2017, short highlights film.

See podcasts of the presentations here >>


Understanding British Portraits Fellowships 2016

The network granted three Fellowships to museum professionals in spring 2016; Kate Noble & Lucy Shipp (Fitzwilliam Museum); Su Hepburn (Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton), and Laura Millward (Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds). With funding and support over the following year, the recipients have completed their respective projects. In this short film the Fellows discuss their respective projects, principal research findings, and project outputs.


Podcasts from the Hardwick Hall Study day, 1 March 2016

All available here >>


Understanding British Portraits Woburn Abbey study day, 9 December 2015

See highights from this study day examining the collection of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. Further details on the event here >>


AS 2015

Podcasts from the Annual Seminar, 25 November 2015

All available here >>


Anna Moore introduces her Bursary research on Samuel Percy (c.1750-1819)

Anna Moore, Acting Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, discusses her research into the late Georgian wax portraitist Samuel Percy (c.1750—1819), conducted with the support of an Understanding British Portraits Bursary in 2014/15.