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Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Thomas Stammers

Assistant Professor (Modern European Cultural History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41071

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Tom Stammers is a cultural historian of France in the long nineteenth century. His forthcoming book Collection, Recollection, Revolution: Scavenging the Past in Nineteenth-Century Paris explores the politics of collecting, the art market and cultural heritage in post-revolutionary France. He continues to publish work related to nineteenth-century collecting, connoisseurship, museum institutions and the historiography of art, with a particular interest in the work of Francis Haskell. He also publishes on the tangible traces, cultural memory and historiography of the French Revolution.

He has two major forthcoming projects. The first concerns the experience of French dynasties in exile and the dispersion and recuperation of the royal patrimony. This work fits into a wider exploration of nineteenth-century monarchism and the global networks of counter-revolution. The second project arises from collaborations related to anti-Semitism, the art market and Jewish collectors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As part of this project he is investigating the Jewish Country House as a pan-European phenomenon. He is a regular contributor and feature writer for the arts magazine Apollo, and in January 2017 co-curated an exhibition at the Bowes Museum on 'The Allure of Napoleon'. 

Tom is interested in a wide range of historiographical and theoretical controversies related to Europe in the long nineteenth century.

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Counter-Revolutionary Thought and Culture c.1789-1900
  • France, c.1750-1900
  • Heritage and Historical Consciousness
  • Jewish Cultural History
  • Museums and Collecting
  • The Enlightenment and European Romanticism
  • The French Revolutionary Tradition


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