In pursuance of its charitable and educational aims, the London Art History Society may offer to help in small scale projects where our donation will make a material difference.

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We have made donations to the following projects: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

It was given to the "Adopt a Potter - helping the next generation" fund. Ana and Jeremy firing at Wobage

  • We sponsored student places at the following academic conferences:

    • THE BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION Meg Bernstein a Ph.D student from the University of California at Los Angeles and Miles Kerr-Petersen in a second year of a Ph.D at Aberdeen University.

    • THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS Anne Stutchbury who is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex.

    • THE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK CONFERENCE Takes place in November scholarships to be awarded.

      We received emails from all three recipients of student places thanking us a saying how useful the conferences were for them.

  • The Geffrye Museum of the Home: Donation £2,750

    An extract from the Report for Birkbeck Alumni History of Art Society from the Geffrye Museum August 2014:

    The Geffrye Museum was delighted to receive a grant from the Birkbeck Alumni History of Art Society, which we have used to help conserve and re-display paintings, prints and drawings from our collections. The Geffrye’s collection of paintings, prints and drawing focuses mainly on representations of ‘middling’ domestic interiors and gardens. As well as giving detailed information about furnishings and decoration, these pictures through their representation of domestic space provide insights into contemporary attitudes, perceptions and values relating to home and middle-class tastes, behaviours and identities. This is the most extensive collection of its kind focusing on the middle classes. The collections include works by amateur and little-known artists as well as the more famous such as Rebecca Solomon, George Elgar Hicks and John Nash.

    Essential works for the re-display in the Reading Room and 20th Century Painting Gallery included framing a number of works to conservation standards to ensure that they are properly supported and protected and more extensive conservation work on one recently acquired watercolour.
An example of the conservation work undertaken was: a recently acquired painting that the Geffrye has now beeen able to display in the Reading Room. The frame was upgraded and fitted with a new low reflect UV filtering acrylic glazing. ‘The Sleeping Soldier’ oil on canvas, 1860–1869, by Henry Nelson O’Neil; at a Cost of £400
  • The De Morgan Centre: Donation £3,000

    The painting at the top of their conservation priorities list was, The Soul's Prison House by Evelyn De Morgan which was in urgent need of work to both the frame and the painting itself in order to stabilise it and conserve it.

    The painting itself was an experimental one for Evelyn and she wrote to the paintings first owner on February 7th 1911: "It was painted in a method that my husband invented, that we used to call 'The Process'. The colours were ground in glycerine and spirit which, of course, never dried. When finished, the glycerine was sucked out by a sort of poultice on the back of the picture, and the picture was finished with transparent oil-colour. I only completed two pictures in that method, as though it had great attraction in the tone, the "Hygrometric quality of the glycerine was very troublesome, and obliged me to keep the studio at an even temperature day and night".

    September 2014. The actual painting itself has been conserved, but the frame is still at the frame conservators and they hope to reunite it with the painting at some point late October or early November.
The Soul's Prison House Cleaning dirt from the surface of
The Soul's Prison House
  • The Fan Museum at Greenwich: Donation £2,750

    The museum has received legacies of a great many fans in need of repair, and has been able to embark on repairing and conserving a number of these.

  • Sir John Soane Museum

    Sir John Soane's collection of historic architectural models is the largest in the UK. The models are all to be redisplayed in their original historic context, Soane's own Model Room, in 2014.

    The education and community team are planning for one of their youth groups to respond creatively to them, hopefully culminating in a display somewhere in the Museum, not unlike the Cawdor Vase exhibition that ULEMHAS also funded last year.

    Progress report October 2013

    The Community Education Officer has been working with the Soane youth panel over the last few months to increase its membership and help the members develop their knowledge of Sir John Soane. This has included engaging with the Museum's collection, including the models and drawings collections. The young people have decided on a name for their group, Pinecone, inspired by Soane's repeated use of pinecones in his designs and before that, in the classical architecture than inspired him. The youth panel are now at the stage of developing a theme for a project and what sort of artworks they would like to create, inspired by the Soane models. Freelance artists to work with the young people will be appointed by the end of the year with a planned launch of the final project in April 2014.

    Sir John Soane's Model Room as it was in his own time

    The Youth panel meeting on 12th October 2013
    2014 Update for 2013 donation of £1,500

    An extract from their Education Report for University of London Extra-Mural History of Art Society August 2014:

    In January 2014, Pinecone the Museum’s youth group, started work with artist Chloe Cooper on their ‘creative intervention’ in the Museum, which resulted in a display in the Basement Ante-Room. This project was part funded by a gift from the University of London Extra-Mural History of Art Society (ULEMHAS) who previously funded the Museum’s Cawdor Vase education project with school children. The Pinecone members have been experimenting with different ideas around light and sound and pitched these to Exhibitions Curator, Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, for feedback in their 22 March 2014 session.

    The final focus of the project was a sound installation, created by the students and called A Mix of Time. Three soundscapes were created in total, working with themes of new and old, the passing of time and the overall sensory experience of the space. The intervention was launched at an event to which ULEMHAS was invited in the early summer of 2014 and remained on display to the public for a month.

    Two of the Pinecone group explaining the installation at the opening in May 2014.
    ULEMHAS have already given a third generous donation of £2,000 to the Education Department for a future project in 2015. Various ideas are being investigated and we are hoping to run a project with a local school that ties in with the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death. More information will follow after the new academic year begins in September.

  • Southwark Art Collection at the Cuming Museum

    The Cuming Museum is the home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Southwark's history. It houses a diverse collection that includes archaeology, ethnography, social history and natural history. A mix of permanent and changing exhibitions tells the story of the Cuming family and the history of Southwark, from Roman times to the diverse communities of today

    Opened to the public in 1906, the Cuming Museum is the result of over 100 years of collecting by father and son, Richard and Henry Cuming.

    The Cuming Museum is currently closed following the fire at Old Walworth Town Hall on Monday 25 March 2013.

    A woodcut print (shown below), part of the Cuming bequest, needed to be conserved and mounted, for public study, to be added to the website and available for temporary exhibitions

    The work on the Dürer has been completed

    Albrecht Dürer Woodcut (1496) Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
    Woodcut (1496) Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand

    2014 update

    In 2013 we donated £600 to the museum to conserve the Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) woodcut The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand. (1496) On Friday afternoon 4th April, 2014, Southwark put together a fascinating afternoon for us despite its having to be held in temporary accommodation following a devastating fire in the old town hall last year. The afternoon was opened by Catherine Hamilton –Heritage Manager for Southwark - who gave an outline of the collections held by Southwark and the work involved in maintaining these. She then introduced the other three speakers. Keith Bonnick, Visitor Services Officer, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Cuming Collection – an eclectic collection of thousands of objects of historical interest bought over three generations by the Cuming family and donated to the people of Southwark. Dr Christopher Jordan, who was Keeper of the Southwark Art Collection at the Cuming Museum until his retirement 2 years ago, introduced the Dürer which had been found amongst the Cuming Collection. He discussed the unusual subject depicted by the woodcut (Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand) and also the origins of signatures and other marks on the print. Sally Esdaile then gave a fascinating insight into the work of the conservator. The restored Dürer was displayed in the room for us all to see.

  • Turner's House

    The Turner's House Trust has been set up to the restore the house which Turner designed for himself at Twickenham. It has a copy of his Liber Studiorum with seven of the artist's own prints, all but one in very poor condition. Our donation has been used to restore and conserve the other six and provide a suitable storage box for the works which can now be made available to visitors. There will be an opportunity for ULEMHAS members to visit in the spring.

    Liber Studiorum, Lock and Windmill 1811 (one of the prints needing conservation)
    2014 update: Visit to Turner's House

    In 2013 we donated £1,500 to Turner’s House at Twickenham. On the 1st July a group of our members went to see their copies of seven prints from the Liber Studiorum which had been conserved with our donation. The conservator told us about the processes of both printmaking and conservation. The prints look absolutely beautiful and are obviously the most treasured possession of Turner's House. They plan to display them in a prime position.

  • The College of Arms

    The College of Arms is the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand.
    It is responsible for the granting of new coats of arms, and maintains a register of arms, pedigrees, genealogies, Royal Licences, changes of name, and flags.
    In addition to the official records created by the College, the archive also holds some seven thousand other manuscript volumes, and a similar number of unbound manuscripts, which have been deposited at the College or acquired by it over the centuries. The College maintains a large library of printed books.

    The college suggested that our donation could be used to conserve plans by the Regency architect John Nash for a new College of Arms in 1822-3. The new college was never built, but they are of historical and architectural importance. ULEMHAS agreed that their donation should be spent on this project.

    The conservation process is in hand and should be complete next year, we will be kept informed of the progress. On successful completion the plans will be available for study and display. It is also proposed that digital images will be made of the plans to be available on the internet. The name of the funding body whose generosity has enabled the plans to be conserved will be indicated whenever and wherever the plans are displayed.

    West front elevation of the proposed new College of Arms
    Studio of John Nash 1822-3
    2014: A Visit to the College of Arms

    Following our donation to The College of Arms last year 16 of our members visited the College Tuesday 7th October where we were shown the conserved plans for an unrealised project by John Nash for a new College of Arms. After viewing the plans we were given a glass of wine and refreshments.


  • We have been able to help the Dulwich Gallery frame a painting of The Infant Christ Asleep so that it can be included in the exhibition on Murillo the Gallery is holding in 2013:

  • The Royal Asiatic Society owns some rare and important 18th- and 19th-century aquatints by Thomas Danieli which need conservation and reframing before they can go on display.

    2014 Update for 2012 donation of £2,500

    In addition to conserving a total of eight engravings and watercolours, the RAS commissioned a specially designed display case for exhibiting their rare books and manuscripts in safe and climate controlled conditions.

    The first display in the new exhibition case was of William Jones material. Sir William Jones (1746 – 27) was an Anglo-Welsh philologist and scholar of ancient India, particularly known for his proposition of the existence of a relationship between Indian and European languages.
  • At the Victoria & Albert Museum we have provided enough money to enable the curators to make special storage boxes for the fragile items in the Architectural Drawings collection.
  • Many of us have consulted the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi in our research and our donation will help them to scan and make accessible a collection of photographic plates taken by J. W. Knowles, a 19th century photographer and glass maker of York.
  • With our help a timely project has been launched at the Soane Museum to encourage local schoolchildren to look at the origins of the Olympic Games and make their own images based on the Cawdor Vase, a volute krater in the Museum.
  • In recognition of how much we owe to Birkbeck, we have set aside a sum to help postgraduate students complete their studies with help in printing, copyright and conference costs.


  • For restoration of this small diptych of the Madonna and Child of the Bruges School circa 1500, in the Courtauld collection:
Madonna and Child of the Bruges School circa 1500

  • To the British Library, for conservation of Paul Sandby’s The Virtuosi's Museum, Containing Select Views in England, Scotland, and Ireland (1778)

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Updated: 11 July 2016