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Dr Thomas Stammers

Associate Professor (Modern European Cultural History)

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Associate Professor (Modern European Cultural History) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 41071
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  


Tom Stammers is a cultural historian of France in the long nineteenth century. His forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press, The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Cultures in Post-Revolutionary Paris, explores the politics of collecting, the art market and cultural heritage in nineteenth-century France. He continues to publish work related to nineteenth-century collecting, connoisseurship, museum institutions and the historiography of art, with a particular interest in the work of Francis Haskell. He also publishes on the tangible traces, cultural memory and historiography of the French Revolution.

He has two major forthcoming projects. The first concerns the experiences of the Orleans dynasty in exile after 1848 and the transformation of the political culture of monarchism. Analysing the itineraries, liberal ideas, cosmopolitan friendships and collections of Louis-Philippe, comte de Paris (1838-94), this work work fits into a wider exploration of the global networks of nineteenth-century royalism.

The second project grows out of past research related to anti-Semitism, the art market and Jewish collectors in the late nineteenth century. Tom is co-investigator for the major AHRC grant "Jewish" Country Houses: Objects, Networks, People (2019-23), where has has responsbility for the strand dedicated to exploring Jewish collecting in modern Europe. The grant investigates the social, cultural and material world of Jewish country houses as a pan-European phenomenon, and involves collaborations with historic houses, galleries and heritage organisations in Britain and Europe. For more information, see:

He is a regular contributor and feature writer for the arts magazine Apollo, as well as other literary and arts reviews, and in January 2017 co-curated an exhibition at the Bowes Museum on 'The Allure of Napoleon'. He sits on the advisory board of CNCS and the Zurbaran Centre.

Tom is interested in a wide range of historiographical and theoretical controversies related to Europe in the long nineteenth century.

Research interests

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

Research groups


Authored book

  • Stammers, Thomas (2020). The Purchase of the Past: Collecting Cultures in Post-Revolutionary Paris c.1790–1890. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

Conference Proceeding

  • Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy & Laura de Fuccia (2020). L’exception anglaise ? Constance Battersea et la philanthropie artistique des Rothschild d’outre-manche. De la sphère privée à la sphère publique, INHA, Paris, Publications de l'Institut national d'histoire de l'art.

Edited book

  • Stammers, Tom (2017). The Allure of Napoleon: Essays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum. Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum.

Edited Journal

  • Stammers, Tom (2021). Women Collectors: Taste, Legacy and Cultural Philanthropy, 1850-1920. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 31
  • Stammers, Tom & Davoli, Silvia (2019). 'Introduction: Jewish Collectors and Collecting'. Journal of the History of Collections, (Virtual Special Issue).

Journal Article

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