Highlights from AAH Oral Histories
AAH Oral Histories began by investigating the origins of the Association of Art Historians in the early 1970s. As the project evolved it became clear that the accounts being recorded could offer a much wider commentary on the changing nature of higher education, and the arts and cultural fields in Britain since World War II.
The excerpts published on this website are taken from this series of oral history recordings which vary in length from 1-5 hours, and were undertaken by Liz Bruchet between 2009 and 2011. The complete recordings are available to researchers through the Archive of Art and Design. The excerpts below have been edited for continuity and the transcripts are verbatim, with minor edits to ease legibility.
These accounts are by their nature subjective and open-ended, shaped by the particular setting and the qualities of the encounter between the interviewer and interviewee. As such they should be considered as primary source material. Opinions expressed in these interviews are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association of Art Historians.
To listen, click on a photo below or follow the links on the right hand side.