History of Art


History of Art

The History of Art Department at UCL is one of the most dynamic centres for the study of art history and visual cultures in the world. We are committed to a wide range of critical inquiry that cuts across boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline. In our programmes, at all levels, we stress theoretical rigour and close attention to the materiality of the object.
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Welcome to the Department

A welcome message from Head of Department Bob Mills.

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Object is a journal produced entirely by graduate students in the History of Art. Object 21 is now available online.

Material Studies

Material Studies Laboratory

A unique research and teaching facility for the investigation of materials and artifacts, with a focus on material culture and conservation.

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The Cabinet of Obsolete Techologies

The Cabinet of Obsolete Technologies is an academic resource – a collection of fascinating historical devices that represent the development of technologies of the image and time-based media.

Staff publications

Staff Publications

An online bookshelf featuring UCL History of Art staff publications past and present.

Image: On a Balcony, Mary Cassatt, 1878-79.