Birkbeck Department of History of Art

Our Relationship

The Society has a long-standing relationship with Birkbeck, University of London. We are affiliated to Birkbeck’s Department of History of Art, as our logo says.  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).

Affiliation gives us unique access to art history experts and contacts in the art world.  Lecturers from Birkbeck are generous with their support for the Society’s activities, and provide at least one of the six or so free evening lectures each year. A number of the Society’s events are held in Birkbeck’s landmark Keynes Library in Gordon Square.

As an affiliation benefit, all members of the Society are invited to join the main Birkbeck Library in Malet Street at no cost and enjoy 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 the college 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.

Read more about Birkbeck and our relationship by clicking the panels below.


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 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.