Simon Spier


I am in receipt of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship between the University of Leeds and The Bowes Museum, County Durham, working on a project entitled 'Creating the Bowes Museum: Private collecting, public philanthropy and the art market in the public art museum in Britain and France, 1830-1900'.I received my BA(Hons) in History of Art from the University of Manchester, and an MA in History of Art (British Art) from the University of York. My general research interests are within the history of collecting and display, the history of public museums and galleries, European decorative arts (particularly 19th-century), and the interrelationship between private collectors, the public museum and the art market.

Research interests

History of Collecting

History of Museums and Galleries

History of the modern market for decorative arts

Decorative Arts and Interiors 1750-1950

Furniture History

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market