Birkbeck Department of History of Art
The Society has a long-standing relationship with Birkbeck, University of London. We are affiliated to Birkbeck’s Department of History of Art, a status included in our logo. Our association dates to the very start of the Society in 1981 when it was launched by a small group of Birkbeck alumni as ULEMHAS (the University of London Extra-Mural History of Art Society).
At an organisational level, affiliation secures us invaluable access to art history experts and to a wide range of contacts in the art world. Staff and lecturers from Birkbeck are unfailingly generous with their time and support for the Society’s programme, and provide at least one of the six or so free evening lectures given to members each year. A number of the Society’s lectures and seminars are held every year in Birkbeck’s Keynes Library located in the college’s Art History faculty at Gordon Square. At a personal level, all members of the Society are entitled to join the main Birkbeck Library in Malet Street at no cost and access its wide collection of art history and associated titles (see the panel at the side of this page).
For our part we support Birkbeck History of Art students through The London Art History Society Research Fund, which is administered by Birkbeck and currently provides money to help with student travel, general costs associated with academic research and conference costs. We also fund an annual prize for the best MA dissertation each year.
The Birkbeck Library in the Malet Street building holds an important collection of art historical material, as invaluable for general background reading as it is for detailed study. All London Art History Society members are entitled to acquire a Birkbeck Library card and use the library on a reference basis completely free of charge. Enhancing your membership of the Library to include borrowing rights is possible for a price of £70 per year. More information.