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Alixe Bovey

Dr

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

20022015

Personal profile

Overview

Alixe Bovey is a specialist in the art and culture of the later Middle Ages, with particular interests in illuminated manuscripts, pictorial narrative, and the relationship between myth and material culture across historical periods and geographical boundaries.

Alixe’s undergraduate degree in History and Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria (1995) led to an MA (1996) and PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art (2000). She spent four years as a curator of manuscripts at the British Library (2000-2004) before moving to the School of History and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (2004-2014). She joined The Courtauld as Head of Research in 2015.

As The Courtauld’s Head of Research, Alixe is a member of the senior management team, and has special responsibility for The Courtauld’s research strategy, and for the activities of the Research Forum. She is also involved in the activities of the CHASE consortium as a member of its Training and Development Group, and as founder of Material Witness, a training programme for humanities research students who are engaged with the interpretation of physical objects.

Alixe’s current research project, entitled ‘Giants and the City: Mythic History as Material Cultural in London from the Middle Ages to 21st Century’, explores the history of two giants, usually known as Gogmagog and Corineus, from their invention by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the mid-12th century to the present, focusing especially on their material presence in the pageantry, legends, and identity of the City of London. This project is supported by a British Academy mid-career fellowship.

Research interests

  • Medieval Art, with a focus on northern Europe, c. 1100-1500
  • The interplay between myth and material culture
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Pictorial narrative and word-image relations
  • The role of the visual arts in public ritual and private devotion

Grants

2015

  • Giants in the City: Mythic History as Material Culture in London from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. 

2013

  • Material Witness: The Interrogation of Physical Objects for Humanities ResearchersAHRC Collaborative Skills Development scheme.  February 2013-July 2015. £53k. 

2008-12

  • Contributor to the AHRC-funded Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers’ project, based at Nottingham University (PI: Thorlac Turville-Petre, University of Nottingham, and Ralph Hanna, Professor of Palaeography, Oxford).  Initially funded by the AHRClarge grants’ scheme in 2008, and recently awarded further funding. 

2010-13

  • Contributor to DocExplore2, a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, and computer scientists and archivists at Rouen and Le Havre, to develop digital tools for the analysis and presentation of historical manuscripts (www.docexplore.eu). The University of Kent component of the INTERREG IV grant is 207,457 over three years (2010-2013).  

2007

  • Colyer Fergusson Fund from the University of Kent research grant for travel, £500  

2003

  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Research Support Grant, £1000  

2003

  • Raised funds to support the Under the Influence’ conference from the British Academy, Christies, the Courtauld Institute Research Committee, and Sam Fogg  

1996-1999

  • Overseas Research Student Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 2013-present 
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2012-present 
  • Member, The Bibliographical Society, 2012-present 
  • Member, British Archaeological Association, 2007- present
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University College London, Department of History, 2005-7 
  • Palaeography and Diplomatic Teachers’ Group, Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies University of London, 2002-6
  • Steering Committee, Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts (RCIMS), Courtauld Institute of Art, 2000-8. The RCIMS is a co-operative of academics and curators based at the Courtauld Institute, the University of Kent, the British Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum with strong links to centres in Leuven and Lille.  
  • Vision Committee, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2001. External member of the committee that prepared a document outlining the Courtauld Institutes strategy for development as it sought independent college status.

Professional Development

  • Leadership for Areas of Significant Responsibility (LASR), a leadership development programme run by the University of Kent, 2013/14
  • PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education), University of Kent, 2008

Media

TV & DVD 

  • Contributor to Are you having a laugh? Comedy and Christianity, BBC1, first broadcast 21 March 2013
  • Contributor to The Beauty of Books: Medieval Masterpieces, BBC4, first broadcast 14 February 2011 
  • Presenter of In Search of Medieval Britain: 6 x 30 minute episodes, part of BBC4s 2008 Medieval Season. Series first broadcast in spring 2008, and re-transmitted in autumn 2010
  • Scripted and presented an Open University DVD on Renaissance manuscript illumination for their module AA315: Renaissance Art Reconsidered, produced by Illuminations Media, 2006 
  • Interviewed for Channel 4 news item on the Chaworth Roll exhibition and publication, February 2005
  • Consultant for the Terry Jones Medieval Tales’ series (Oxford Film and TV), BBC2, 2003

Print 

  • Interviewee for news story in the Daily Telegraph ‘Medieval scroll with unforgiving views of kings comes up for sale, 14 February 2005 
  • Interviewee for feature in the GuardianCrocuses and Raisin Wine: The Key to Good Health, about the exhibition and publication of the Lichtenstein Tacuinum Sanitatis, 21 June 2005

Teaching

  • BA Art History Year 1: The Middle Ages
  • BA Art History Year 2: Lessons in Interpretation

Education / Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art

19962000

The Courtauld Institute of Art

19951996

University of Victoria

… → 1995

External positions

Paul Mellon Centre

20132018

St Gabriel's College, Borough of Lambeth

20122016

British Archaeological Association

20112015

University of York

20082012

British Archaeological Association

20072010

Christie's Education

2006 → …

University of Kent

20052014

British Library

20002004

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Research Output 2002 2015

'From material to immaterial things: Gothic art and immaterial culture'

Bovey, A. Apr 16 2015 The Routledge History of Medieval Christianity 1050-1500. Swanson, R. (ed.). Routledge, p. 197-216 (Routledge Histories)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Articulate Giants'

Bovey, A. 2013 The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things [Exhibition Catalogue]. Hayward Touring, p. 93-97

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Giant

'Communion and Community: Eucharistic Narratives and their Audience in the Smithfield Decretals (BL, Royal MS10 E IV)'

Bovey, A., Coleman, J. (ed.), Cruse, M. (ed.) & Smith, K. (ed.) 2013 The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images and Communities in the Late Middle Ages. Brepols Publishers, p. 55-82

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Communion
decretals

Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at Canterbury

Bovey, A. (ed.) 2013 Leeds: Maney Publishing. (British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Canterbury
Cathedrals
Archaeology
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The Carpentin Hours for 'Turning the Pages' on iPad

Bovey, A. 2012

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site