Professor Edward Chaney joins New College of the Humanities to teach The Grand Tour

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Professor Edward Chaney will teach Art History

New College of the Humanities (NCH) announces today that Professor Edward Chaney will teach The Grand Tour & the Discovery of Art, Antiquity & Architecture from 2013 onwards. This module will be offered as part of the Art History contextual course and will be taught from January 2014. Students at NCH study four modules in a second subject in addition to their twelve-module degree; these additional modules, known as contextual courses, provide students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the liberal arts.

Professor Chaney gained a first-class honours degree in History of Art from Reading University and an MPhil and PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. Edward Chaney is the Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at Southampton Solent University and founding Chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre.

Between 1978 and 1985, he lived in Florence where he was ricercatore at the European University Institute, an Associate of Harvard University's Villa I Tatti, and he also taught at the University of Pisa. He then spent five years as the Shuffrey Research Fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and subsequently worked for English Heritage and lectured in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. Professor Chaney has served on the executive committees of the British-Italian Society, the Walpole Society, the Catholic Record Society, the Association of International Art Critics (AICA) and he is a Fellow of the Royal History Society.

His research interests include subjects ranging from Anglo-Italian cultural relations to the Idea of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern England. Travel, Taste and Collecting in The Grand Tour is also an interest along with Inigo Jones and British/Italian architecture; Wyndham Lewis and 20th-century British artists such as Richard Eurich and R.B. Kitaj. He has published extensively and his books include The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations since the Renaissance (1998; 2nd, paperback edition, Routledge, 2000), The Evolution of English Collecting (Yale University Press, 2003) and A Traveller's Companion to Florence (1986; 2nd ed, Constable Robinson, 2002).

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College said: “We are looking forward to Professor Chaney joining the growing Art History faculty at the College. Art History is one of the four-module contextual courses that form part of the broader liberal arts curriculum studied alongside a student’s degree at NCH. Students at NCH will have the opportunity to examine the origins and cultural impact of The Grand Tour of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its impact on British attitudes to art and culture.”


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Notes to Editors
New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject or Politics as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit for all enquiries and applications.

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