Dr Eleanor Quince

Eleanor Quince is based in the History Department at the University of Southampton. She studied history of the fine and decorative art at Leeds University, before moving to Southampton to undertake a doctorate. Completing her PhD in 2003, Eleanor worked as a lecturer in Art History and Theory at Richmond, the American University in London, before returning to Southampton in 2005. Eleanor’s thesis considered the work of Gillows, a furniture-making firm working in Lancaster and London during the eighteenth-century. She was awarded a University of Southampton archival scholarship to enable her to undertake her research and make use of the Lindsay Boynton archive, part of the Hartley library archival collections. Eleanor’s work has always been interdisciplinary in nature and her research interests reflect this,encompassing art history and theory, furniture design and manufacture in the eighteenth century, the production, reception and display of cultural artifacts and the decorative art market. During her career Eleanor has taught architectural history to archaeologists; ploughed through quantitative data to assess the health of research within Modern Languages; set up training programmes for doctoral students; and investigated how to help Humanities students at all levels become more employable. Most recently, and in recognition of her work in the field of educational development, Eleanor has been elected Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.