- First Name
- Rosamund Lily
- Last Name
- United Kingdom
- Kingston University
- Website URL
- London, council housing, post-war, public art, municipal, community, architecture, sculpture, mural, twentieth century, urban
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- About Me
I am a curator and part-time PhD student at Kingston University. My PhD, ‘The ‘concrete citizens’ of the London County Council’s housing schemes, 1943-1965′ looks at the London County Council’s post-war housing schemes containing sculpture depicting the human figure. My research positions these artworks in the context of wartime and post-war planning for London, concentrating on the London County Council’s housing of communities, and how these communities reacted to their new environments. I am looking at the artworks in their physical and intellectual context, to reveal the LCC’s wider intent for the post-war housing of Londoners.
As a museum professional, I have worked in a variety of national, independent and local authority museums since 2007. Currently, I have two curatorial roles, as both Curator at Kingston Museum and Documentary Curator at London Transport Museum, a role which involves documenting modern London. I previously worked as the Paul Mellon Research Curator at the Royal Society of Sculptors.
I am a trustee of Art History Link Up, and have previously been a trustee of Eastside Community Heritage. I have been a mentor for the charity Arts Emergency. In 2020, I was elected an Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society.
Both through my research and professional work, I continue to engage with community heritage and public history. I am interested in public and community engagement with heritage and the built environment and have researched, written and led architectural tours for the V&A, London Festival of Architecture and the Architecture Foundation.
- Recent Publications
‘Each For All And All For Each – the buildings of the Royal Arsenal Co-Operative Society’, in Hatherley, O (ed). The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs, (London: Open House Publishing) 2020
‘I Am Convinced I Shall Achieve Something Valuable If I Can Brighten the Lives of the People Here’: Bombsites, Housing and Art in Lambeth’. The London Journal, DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2019.1706952,
‘The ‘Pioneering Women’ in the archive of the Royal Society of Sculptors’, ALISS quarterly, vol. 15, no.1, October 2019, p.18-20
‘Pioneering Women’, PMC notes, no. 13, October 2019, p.11-13
‘Have you met the Neighbours’. Modernist magazine, Inventory, issue 29, Winter 2018. December 2018
- Media Coverage
- In January 2022, I was interviewed for Open City's podcast 'The Londown', https://open-city.org.uk/the-londown, In April 2019, I spoke on BBC Woman's Hour on sculptor Anne Acheson FRBS in my role as Research Curator at the Royal Society of Sculptors. Abou
- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- England, United Kingdom
- Expertise by Chronology
- Expertise by Topic
- Art & Architectural History, Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women