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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Thomas Stammers

Assistant Professor (Modern European 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. 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 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 eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe.

Research Groups

Research Interests

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


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