Voices in Art History: Association of Art Historians Oral Histories now online

Posted on 05/09/2011 by


The Association of Art Historians is proud to announce the launch of our online resource of audio recordings, Voices in Art History: AAH Oral Histories.

The Association of Art Historians was formed in 1974, born out of a need to professionalize a rapidly growing subject. But what exactly prompted the formation of the AAH? How did it take shape? And what of its impact on the discipline, nationally and internationally – both then and now?

Voices in Art History – AAH Oral Histories explores these questions through a series of audio interviews conducted with art historians involved with AAH during its founding era. Interviewees include Francis Ames-Lewis, Charles Avery, Alan Bowness, Andrew Causey, Luke Herrmann, Martin Kemp, John Onians, Marcia Pointon, Flavia Swann, Lisa Tickner and John White.

The audio interviews offer commentary on the changing nature of higher education, and the artsand cultural fields sincethe 1950s. They address the interviewees’ educational background and professional lives, while reflecting on the scholarly influences, debates and practical concerns which impacted the networks of academic art historians, educators and museum professionals.

  • Interview highlights can be heard online at www.aah.org.uk/projects/oral-history
  • The complete recordings are accessible to researchers through the Archive of Art and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The interviews will form the basis of the Voices in Art History podcast currently in production – stay tuned!

Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of this fascinating resource. Evening reception, open to all, from 18.30 – 19.30 on Friday 7th October 2011 at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6EJ.

For further details contact: oralhistory@aah.org.uk

 The Association of Art Historians –promoting the professional practice and public understanding of art history www.aah.org.uk