Dr Thomas Stammers
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. His next major project concerns the experience of French dynasties in exile and the dispersion and recuperation of the royal patrimony. Tom is also editing a volume of essays on the art historian Francis Haskell's inquiries into nineteenth-century taste, arising from a conference he organized at St John's College, Oxford and the Ashmolean in 2015. Parallel research projects include connoisseurship in the nineteenth-century Louvre and the historiography of 1789 in interwar France. He is a regular contributor and feature writer for the arts magazine Apollo, and is co-curating a forthcoming exhibition at the Bowes Museum on 'The Allure of Napoleon'.
Tom is interested in a wide range of historiographical and theoretical controversies related to eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe.
- Aesthetics and Politics
- France, c.1750-1900
- Heritage and Historical Consciousness
- Museums and Collecting
- The Enlightenment and European Romanticism
- The French Revolutionary Tradition
- Urban History
Chapter in book
- 2016 'The Myth of the Belle Madeleine: street culture and celebrity in nineteenth-century Paris', in Calaresu, M. & Heuvel, Danielle van (eds.), Food Hawkers: Selling in the street from Antiquity to the Present, Routedge.
- 2014 'Scavenging rococo: Trouvailles, Bibelots and Counter-Revolutionary Politics', in Hyde, M. & Scott,K. (eds.), Rococo Echo: Art, History and Historiography from Cochin to Coppola, Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford, pp. 71-86
- 2013 'The Faubourg Saint-Antoine: Epicentre of Revolution?', in Milne, Anna-Louise (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, Cambridge University Press, pp. 52-70
- 2008 'The Refuse of the Revolution: Autograph Collecting in France 1789-1860', in Armenteros,C., Blanning, T., DiVanna, I. & Dodds,D. (eds.), Historicising the French Revolution, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 39-63
- 2014 ''Catholics, Collectors and the Commune: Heritage as Counter-revolution in Paris, 1860-1809'', French Historical Studies 37:1, pp. 53-87
- 2008 'The Bric-à-Brac of the Old Regime: Collecting and Cultural History in post-revolutionary France', French History 22, pp. 295-315