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Interviews

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.

Interview with Francis Ames-Lewis
Interview with Francis Ames-Lewis

Francis Ames-Lewis, Honorary Treasurer 1976-82

Interview with Charles Avery
Interview with Charles Avery

Charles Avery, Honorary Secretary 1976-79

Interview with Alan Bowness
Interview with Alan Bowness

Alan Bowness, AAH Steering Committee Member & Honorary Secretary 1974-1976

Interview with Andrew Causey
Interview with Andrew Causey

Andrew Causey, AAH Executive Committee Member & Editor of Bulletin 1974-1977

Interview with Pamela Courtney
Interview with Pamela Courtney

Pamela Courtney, AAH Director of Publicity and Marketing 1980-91 & founder of the Art History Bookfair

Interview with Luke Herrmann
Interview with Luke Herrmann

Luke Herrmann, AAH Life Member since 1975

Interview with Martin Kemp
Interview with Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp, Chair of the AAH 1989-1992

Interview with John Onians
Interview with John Onians

John Onians, founding editor 'Art History' 1978-88

Interview with Marcia Pointon
Interview with Marcia Pointon

Marcia Pointon, Chair of the AAH 1986-89 & Editor of 'Art History' 1993-97

Interview with Edwina Sassoon
Interview with Edwina Sassoon

Edwina Sassoon, 1975 AAH Conference Co-organiser

Interview with John Steer
Interview with John Steer

John Steer Chair of the AAH 1980-83

Interview with Flavia Swann
Interview with Flavia Swann

Flavia Swann, AAH Executive Committee Member 1977-80 & Editor of Bulletin 1980-87

Interview with Lisa Tickner
Interview with Lisa Tickner

Lisa Tickner, AAH Executive Committee Member 1979-83

Interview with Evelyn Welch
Interview with Evelyn Welch

Evelyn Welch, Chair of the AAH 2007-2011

Interview with John White
Interview with John White

John White, AAH Steering Committee 1973-74, Executive Committee Member 1974-76 & Chair of the AAH 1976 to 1980.

Interview with Alison Yarrington
Interview with Alison Yarrington

Alison Yarrington, Chair of the AAH 2011-2014