Birkbeck Department of History of Art

Our Relationship

The Society has a long-standing relationship with Birkbeck. We are affiliated to Birkbeck’s Department of History of Art as our logo states, and our association dates right back to the 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).

Our affiliation with Birkbeck secures us an invaluable resource for subject knowledge and access to a wide range of contacts in the art world.  Staff and lecturers from Birkbeck continue to be generous with their time and support for the Society’s programme, and provide at least one of the six or so free lectures given to members each year.

In return 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.


Birkbeck Library

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 join the Birkbeck Library at the same rates and conditions as alumni users. More information.