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 England'

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.  

Conference papers and presentations 

  • 'Weaving Monumental Borders', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 4-7 July 2022 [Forthcoming]
  • '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


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


My PhD is fully funded by a studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (LAHP). In addition to which my research has been supported by the following awards:

  • British Archaeological Association Travel Grant (2021)
  • Yale-UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Award (2021)