Dr Nicole Cochrane

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History


  • PhD (University of Hull)


Nicole is an interdisciplinary historian specialising in the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Her research has particular focus on the histories of art, archaeology, collecting and the museum; exploring the histories and reception of the ancient world in British art, architecture and culture; on the role of space and experience on the reception of art and material culture; and on the construction of identity between people and objects within the domestic and public spheres.

Her current research projects include the preparation of her first monograph Conversing with Ancients: Collecting and Curating Classical Art in Britain, and a project on transatlantic art collecting networks and the role of British collections of antiquities on the formation of American museums of art, supported by a Frick Centre for the History of Collecting Fellowship in New York. Her latest research explores the ways art and material culture related to Napoleon Bonaparte was collected and circulated in Britain in the long nineteenth century, and has been supported by the British Association for Romantic Studies, British Association for Victorian Studies, the Royal Historical Society and the Paul Mellon Centre.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Ancient art and the eighteenth-century auction: Collecting, catalogues and competition

Cochrane, N. (in press). Ancient art and the eighteenth-century auction: Collecting, catalogues and competition. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies,

Research interests

Art History, History of Collecting, Museum Studies, Classical Reception Studies, History of the Book