History of Art


Millie Horton-Insch

PhD supervisor: Prof. Robert Mills (UCL) and Prof. Clare Lees (School of Advanced Studies)
Working title for PhD: 'Race, Gender, and Textiles in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Britain'

My project starts with the premise that the historic distinctions drawn between ‘Anglo-Saxon’ and ‘Romanesque’ art historical styles have obscured the continued importance of textiles and their makers in this period. In my research I therefore seek to compare eleventh- and twelfth-century embroideries to works in other media as a means of exploring the role played by English women in promoting Insular artistic traditions after the Norman Conquest. I am particularly interested in how art historical critical theories concerning gender, race and materiality may better inform our understanding of visual art in this period.  


  • Horton-Insch, Millie. 2022. “’Ornament’ Reconsidered”, Art History, vol. 45, Issue 4. 912-917. 
  • Horton-Insch, Millie. 2022. “Review of Adrián Maldonado, Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom”, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture, vol. 8, Issue 3. 129-136.

Conference papers and presentations 

  • 'Weaving Monumental Borders', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 4-7 July 2022 
  • ‘Insular Embroideries and ‘The Women of the English People’, Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, The American University of Paris/Online, Friday 7 January 2022
  • 'Early Medieval English Embroideries and Reassessing the 'Winchester School'', International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England "Contributions" Twentieth Biennial Conference, University of Winchester/Online, Thursday 17 June 2021
  • ‘Skeuomorphic Exchange between Embroideries and Wall Paintings in Eleventh and Twelfth-Century England’, British Archaeological Association Postgraduate Conference, Thursday 19 November 2020
  • ‘Material Exchange between Embroideries and Wall Paintings around the Norman Conquest’, Cambridge Graduate Early Medieval Seminar, Thursday 5 November 2020


  • 2023: Teaching Assistant for HART0010, Art in London until 1600
  • 2022: Teaching Assistant for HART0010, Art in London until 1600 
  • 2020: Teaching Assistant for HART0001, History of Art and its Objects


  • Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies Muriel Brown Scholarship (2022)
  • British Archaeological Association Romanesque Art Conference Scholarship (2022)
  • British Archaeological Association Travel Grant (2021)
  • Yale-UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Award (2021)