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Dr Lydia Hamlett

Dr Lydia Hamlett

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Fellow of Murray Edwards College

Director of Studies in History of Art at Murray Edwards and Newnham colleges


Dr Lydia Hamlett is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on mural painting in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Lydia was previously Programme Curator for the University of Cambridge Museums, during which time she was a co-curator of Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums (Two Temple Place and The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2014). She was a Post-doctoral Research Assistant on Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735 (Arts and Humanities Research Council), based at the University of York and Tate Britain, where she curated displays including Sketches for Spaces: History Painting and Architecture 1630–1730 (2013-14) Before this, she was part of the research team on The Art of the Sublime (Arts and Humanities Research Council), working on the period 1650-1750 Lydia was Assistant Curator of Pictures & Sculpture at the National Trust, 2008-2009, and she also worked at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where she was Assistant Curator on two exhibitions, From Reason to Revolution: Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2008) and Paul Mellon: A Cambridge Tribute (2008). She has supervised undergraduates at the University of Cambridge since 2003.