Research impact

Our staff develop research projects that benefit the community beyond academia. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects have led to international exhibitions, to the recovery and preservation of cultural heritage, and to the creation of community museums around the world. From digital accessibility and inclusivity to sustainability and youth engagement, School of Art History staff have made a difference in our local and global communities. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of the School's Impact Case Studies were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent.

Featured research projects

This youth engagement project, co-led by Senior Lecturer Karen Brown, promotes community museums (and sustainable futures) in Costa Rica.

Professor Kathryn Rudy incorporates use-wear analysis in her investigation of how medieval people handled manuscripts.

The displaced histories of African modernist paintings in Scotland's Argyll Collection have been reassembled by lecturer Kate Cowcher.

Professor Laura Moretti led an international collaboration to bring to life three-dimensional (3D) representations in early modern printed books.