The Art Collections and Picture Gallery are looked after by curators, conservators, volunteers and staff members within and beyond the College community.
Meet the team
We have a team of freelance painting, paper, textile and frame conservators who help the curator to care for the collections. We have an ongoing conservation programme to make sure that our works of art are displayed and stored in as best an environment as possible. This includes adding glazing to all works on display in our Picture Gallery and monitoring the temperature and humidity levels in our art store and in the gallery, which is within the Grade 1 listed Founder’s Building.
Dr Laura MacCulloch
Dr Laura MacCulloch has been working in art galleries for ten years and is passionate about caring for collections and making them accessible to a wide variety of visitors. Her specialism is Victorian art and her research has focused on the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, women artists and the influence of Japanese art on Britain. As an undergraduate she studied History and History of Art at the University of Birmingham before returning to study for her MPhil and PhD, both in History of Art. Her PhD discussed the works on paper held at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown. She has previously worked for The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool.
Dr Michaela Jones
Dr Michaela Jones is interested in nineteenth and early-twentieth century British art, and especially the work of women artists. She has seven years' experience of volunteering and working in the museums and heritage sector. She has been working with Royal Holloway's art collections since 2013, when she was the collections' first documentation volunteer. She received a BA and MA in History from Royal Holloway, before undertaking a PhD. Her PhD focused on the artist and writer Christiana Herringham (1852-1929), and she co-curated the 2019 exhibition 'Christiana Herringham: Artist, Campaigner, Collector'.
Art Collections Cataloguer
Dr Alison Wright
Dr Alison Wright joined the Royal Holloway art collections after ten years working in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. She studied for a BA in History and MA in History of Art at UCL, and undertook her AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD, on British animal painting and sporting art from 1760 to 1850, at the University of East Anglia and Tate Britain. She was the curator of the touring exhibition Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum (2013-17, multiple venues) and James Ward: Animal Painter (2018, National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Newmarket).