Lucy Shaw

Lucy Shaw

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Doctoral researcher
Teaching Assistant

Contact details

PhD Title: Time was Away: Masculinity, Sexuality and Travel in late British Neo-Romantic Art, Illustration and Design 1940- 55
Supervisors: Dr Gregory Salter and Professor Alexandra Harris
PhD History of Art


  • BA English Literature & History of Art, University of Leeds
  • MA Art History & Museum Curating, University of Sussex


Lucy Shaw is an AHRC-funded PhD student of Art History at the University of Birmingham. Previously she worked as Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she worked on exhibitions and displays related to illustration within the National Art Library collections. She has also worked at Artangel, the National Portrait Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.


  • Debates & Methods in the History of Art, 2023


My thesis explores British Neo-Romantic art, design and illustration from 1940 until the end of the 1950s, with a focus on travel and sexuality in the work of John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Michael Ayrton, John Craxton, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.

Other activities

I have shared my research at the following symposia and conferences:

  • M4C Research Festival, June 2022
  • Exhibition Histories and National Identity Symposium, January 2023
  • ROLES XI Gender and Sexuality Conference, University of Birmingham, May 2023
  • PGR Research Forum, University of Birmingham, June 2023
  • 'Expanding the Field: Rethinking methodologies in British Art History, Paul Mellon Centre, June 2023