Tom Stammers is lecturer in European Cultural History at Durham University. He is a specialist in the cultural history of eighteenth and nineteenth century France. He is currently finishing his first book Collection, Recollection, Revolution: Scavenging the Past in Nineteenth-Century Paris, examining the role of collectors in gathering up and transmitting the material heritage of the old regime. He teaches and researches on European Romanticism as well as historiography and afterlives of the French Revolution. In new work he is reading the nineteenth-century Louvre against the grain and is examining the ‘untutored eye’ of artisans and autodidact connoisseurs.