Dave Adelman


I have returned to post-graduate research following my retirement as a principal of a sixth form college in 2016. My first degree was in History which I studied way back in the 1970s, after I which I became a teacher in the subject. After various twists and turns I became a senior manager in sixth form colleges and principal of Godalming College in 2001. Following my retirement, I studied for an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute. After a 'gap year' I started my doctorate. Although based at Leeds, I am also linked to Brighton University where my other supervisor is based.

Research interests

As the title of my proposed PhD suggests, I am interested in 19th century art collecting, the role of art collecting and municipal galleries in the creation of middle class culture, and more generally in the formation of class ideologies in the nineteenth century. In a previous life I studied at post-graduate level in the ideology of the Chartist movement. Associated with my career in secondary education, I developed an interest in A level History teaching methodologies and learner-centred approaches and produced an A Level work book reflecting this interest, published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1992.


  • BA Hons History
  • Certificate of Education
  • MA History of Art