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Prof Julie Sheldon

Prof Julie Sheldon

Telephone: 0151 904 6476


I am Dean of the Doctoral Academy at Liverpool John Moores University, responsible for directing the provision for doctoral research, which includes developing pathways and structures to support excellence in postgraduate research.
I am also Professor of Art History with interests in the history of exhibitions and the critical reception of works of art in the UK and USA in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have supervised PhDs on a number of topics, including exhibition cultures, modernism, patronage, curatorial research, art writing, and histories of art practice.
I serve on the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE).


1991, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
1987, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, BA History of Art

Academic appointments

Dean of the Doctoral Academy, Academic Registry, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Associate Dean (Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer), Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - 2017


Journal article

Sheldon J. 2019. Lady Eastlake and the Characteristics of the Old Masters Avery-Quash S, Fraser H. 19 : Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, >DOI >Public Url

Sheldon JL, Trodd C. 2014. Introduction to 'Ford Madox Brown and the Victorian Imagination’ Journal of Visual Culture in Britain, 15 :227-238 >DOI >Public Url

Sheldon JL. 2013. 'The Pencil is the Child of My Heart'. A Rediscovered Album of Drawings by Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake British Art Journal, XIV :45-63

Sheldon JL. 2009. 'In her own metier': the Quarterly review of Jane Eyre Women's History Review, Volume 18 :835-847 >DOI

Sheldon JL. 2007. ‘Elizabeth Rigby and the Calotypes of Hill and Adamson: Correspondence from the John Murray Archive, 1843-1880’ Studies in Photography, :42-48


Sheldon J, Dalal-Clayton A. 2019. 'A Dissident View': Bluecoat Exhibitions, 1967-2005 Biggs B, Belchem J. Bluecoat 300 Liverpool University Press

Sheldon JL. 2018. Picturing the Installation Shot Meecham PJ. A Companion to Modern Art :127-144 Wiley Blackwell 978-1-118-63984-9

Sheldon JL. 2016. 'Inspired by the Italian Originals': Rathbone and the Della Robbia Pottery Sheldon JL. The Della Robbia Pottery: From Renaissance to Regent Street :55-72 Liverpool University Press 978-1-78138-273-8

Sheldon JL. 2012. 'His Best Successor': Lady Eastlake and the National Gallery Hill K. Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities :61-74 Boydell Press 9781843837275


Avery-quash S, Sheldon J. 2011. Art for the Nation - the Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World National Gallery Company and Yale University Press. London 9781857095074

Biggs B, Sheldon J. 2009. Art in a City Revisited Liverpool Univ Pr 9781846310836

Sheldon J. 2009. The Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake Liverpool Univ Pr 9781846311949

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2008. Making American Art Routledge 9780415420709

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2004. Modern art 9780415281942

Meecham P, Sheldon J. 2000. Modern art 9780415172356

Book review

Engagement & Impact


VC Award for Research Excellence

Conference organisation:

Inaugural Graduate School PGR Conference 2016

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Hull, PhD, A Class Act: Grayson Perry and Class

University of London, PhD

Institute of Education, PhD

Edith Cowan University, PhD

University of New South Wales, PhD

University of London, PhD

University of London, PhD

University of London, PhD

University of London, PhD

University of Liverpool, PhD

University of London, PhD

Kingston University, PhD

University of London, PhD

Membership of professional bodies:

Executive member, UK Council for Graduate Education,

Other Professional Activity:

External Quality Assessor for REF review, UoA32 Newcastle University

External Panellist for Periodic Review of Research Degree Regulations, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2018

External Panellist, Validation of MA Art History and Art, Christie's Education 2018

Research Grants Awarded:

Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Della Robbia Pottery: From Renaissance to Regent Street, Colin Simpson, Principal Curator, Williamson Art Gallery, Grant value (£): 1,800

AHRC, Cultural Value of Socially Embedded Art Works, Dr Nedim Hassan, LJMU, Grant value (£): 20,000, Duration of research project: 9 months

AHRC, From Renaissance to Regent Street: Della Robbia Pottery in Late Victorian Culture, Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Grant value (£): 54,405, Duration of research project: 4 years

Teaching qualification: