Participant Info

First Name
Rosamund Lily
Last Name
West
Affiliation
Kingston University
Website URL
https://www.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/research-degree-students/profile/rosamund-lily-west-47/
Keywords
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, ‘London County Council housing and public art, 1943-1965’ looks at the London County Council’s post-war housing schemes containing an artwork installed by the council: usually a sculpture or mural. 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, and currently work as the Paul Mellon Research Curator at the Royal Society of Sculptors, leading on the project ‘Pioneering Women’.

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
Media Coverage
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. About 36 minutes in. Listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003t9p
Country Focus
England
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women, World War II