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Dr Eleanor Quince BA, PhD

Lecturer in History, Employability Officer, Dissertations Convenor

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Dr Eleanor Quince is a Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton.

Eleanor studied the history of fine and decorative art at the University of Leeds, before coming to Southampton to undertake a doctorate. Completing her PhD in 2003, Eleanor worked as a lecturer in Art History & Theory at Richmond, the American University, in London, before returning to Southampton in 2005. Eleanor's PhD thesis considered the work of Gillows, a furniture-making firm working in Lancaster and London during the eighteenth-century. She was awarded a University of Southampton Archival studentship to enable her to undertake her research and to make use of the Lindsay Boynton archive, part of the Hartley Library archival collections. Eleanor's work has always been interdisciplinary in nature and her resulting career has reflected this: she has taught architectural history to Archaeologists; ploughed through quantitative data to assess the health of research within Modern Languages and Linguistics; set up training programmes for doctoral students; investigated how to help Humanities students at all levels become more employable; and collaborated on an AHRC-funded project looking at the antique trade in the twentieth century.  In recognition of her work in the field of educational development, Eleanor has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Within the wider University, Eleanor works to further the institution's employability agenda.  She is Chair of the University's Employability Strategy Network and an Academic Partner in the Southampton Opportunity project.

Research interests

Eleanor's research interests centre on the object: its design, manufacture, consumption, collection and display.  Her work encompasses art and architectural history and theory; the role of women in furniture design, manufacture and consumption in the eighteenth century; the reception, collection and display of cultural artefacts with particular reference to period rooms and the Country House; and the decorative art and antiques market.  Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has enabled Eleanor to work with colleagues from the University of Leeds to undertake groundbreaking research into the antiques trade in Britain in the twentieth century

Eleanor retains her interest in educational development, specifically in skills acquisition and enhancement.  Recent research projects have focussed on the role of alumni in promoting employability, funded by the Higher Education Academy individual teaching grants scheme, and an exploration of skills self-assessment for first year PhD students, funded by a Fellowship from the Open University.  Internal funding has enabled Eleanor to work with the University's careers service, Careers and Employability Services, to establish a student consultancy scheme for the University.   

Research project(s)

Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th century, a cultural geography

Dr Eleanor Quince is working with colleagues at the University of Leeds to investigate the history of the trade in antiques in 20th century Britain.  Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project aims to map dealerships, identify the objects which passed through their hands, and track the relationship between the trade and public museums.

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HIST1147: The Real Downton Abbey

HIST2086: Building London 1666 - 2012

HUMA1036: Humanities Employability Module

HUMA3009: Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (Humanities)

I am also convening the Eighteenth Century Studies MA in semester two

Areas where I can offer postgraduate supervision:

Eighteenth century British cultural history; the history and development of the English Country House; the architecture and history of London; antique dealers and collectors; the decorative art market and the consumption and display of decorative art objects. 

Dr Eleanor Quince
Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus Southampton SO17 1BF, United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/1049

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