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Dr Richenda Roberts


I joined the University of Warwick in 2017 having previously taught in the History of Art department at the University of Birmingham. Additionally, I have curated and acted as advisor for a number of exhibitions about British modern and contemporary war art.

Research interests

The representation of modern and contemporary war and pacifism in visual and material culture.

British art, design and architecture produced during the period 1840-1940, especially in relation to practices of magic, occultism and spiritualism.

Decolonisation of the Western art canon.

Curatorial practices.

The development, implementation and evaluation of novel methodologies.

My current research is concerned with how artists and art groups during the interwar period (1919-39) used satirical allusions to magic, occultism and spiritualism in their work to represent and shape pacifist concepts in a time of increasing social and political turmoil.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught include: 

UG Study Skills

Introduction to Art History: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity (co-taught)


Independent Study Module

Representing War: British Art, Design, Architecture and the First World War

Practices of Art History

The Thirties: The Arts and Society in Inter-War Britain

MA Academic Preparation for Art Historians

Selected publications

Richenda Roberts, ‘Evelyn De Morgan, War and the Representation of Modernity’, Margaretta S. Frederick (ed.), Evelyn & William De Morgan: A Marriage of Arts & Crafts, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2022, pp. 141-148.

Richenda Roberts, ‘Artists‘ Acts of Mercy,’ Pre-Raphaelite Artist of Hope – Evelyn De Morgan, exhibition catalogue, Towneley Hall, Burnley, 2021.

Richenda Roberts, Rebel Visions: The War Art of C.R.W. Nevinson, exhibition catalogue, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 2014.


    BA; MPhil; PhD (Birmingham)

    Dr Richenda Roberts

    Teaching Fellow



    Room 5.62, Faculty of Arts Building

    University of Warwick