Dr Claire Wintle researches and lectures in Art and Design History at the University of Brighton.
Her research focuses on objects, collecting and museums and examines the ways in which the material world interacts with the politics of empire, nationalism and decolonisation. She has a particular interest in the interpretation of India in museums and galleries, in the UK, the US and in India itself.
Claire read American Studies (BA Hons) and Art Gallery and Museum Studies (MA) at Manchester University before being awarded an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship in the History of Art at the University of Sussex and the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove. Her research has been supported by the AHRC, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, the University of Cambridge’s Crowther-Beynon Fund, the Henry James Green Trust and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has published in journals including The American Historical Review, History Workshop Journal and the Journal of the History of Collections. Her monograph, Colonial Collecting and Display: Encounters with Material Culture from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (2013), is published by Berghahn. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was a Caird Research Fellow at London's National Maritime Museum in 2013. In 2018, Claire will hold a fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.
Claire currently supervises three AHRC-funded PhD students, one focused on nationalism, diaspora and museums, one on textile design by Indigenous Australians, and one Collaborative Doctoral Project, co-supervised with Dr John Giblin of the Africa Section at the British Museum, on the British Museum's relationships with anthropologists and museums in West Africa, 1945-80. She welcomes enquiries from students keen to work on her areas of expertise:
Before coming to Brighton, Claire worked in collections, learning and public programmes at the Walker Art Gallery, World Museum Liverpool, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, and Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove. She curated the exhibition Temple, Man and Tuson: Collecting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and organized their international conference Objects, Images and Imaginings: Visual and Material Culture of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. She was the Secretary of the Museum Ethnographers Group between 2010 and 2014. She continues to work as a consultant to the museum sector and contributes to professional journals such as Museums Journal and the Journal of Museum Ethnography.
The changing history of a museum collection from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands reveals imperial relationships in India and Europe
Reveals the social and political influence of museums and world culture collections during a time of profound global change
Wintle, Claire (2018) Displaying Independent India Abroad: Nationalism, Cultural Diplomacy and Collaboration at the Nehru Memorial Exhibition In: Hooper, G., ed. Heritage at the Interface: Interpretation and Identity. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. ISBN 9780813056579
Wintle, Claire (2017) Decolonising UK world art institutions, 1945-1980 On Curating, 35. pp. 106-112.
Wintle, Claire (2017) India on Display: Nationalism, Transnationalism and Collaboration, 1964-86 Third Text, 31. ISSN 0952-8822
Wintle, Claire (2017) Diplomacy and the design school: The Ford Foundation and India’s National Institute of Design Design and Culture, 9 (2). pp. 207-224. ISSN 1754-7075
Wintle, Claire (2016) Decolonizing the Smithsonian: museums as microcosms of political encounter American Historical Review, 121 (5). pp. 1492-1520. ISSN 0002-8762
Wintle, Claire (2016) Material Histories: Objects and Imaginings of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands In: Manifestations of History: Time, Space, and Community in the Andaman Islands. Primus Books, Delhi, pp. 53-73. ISBN 9789384092047
Craggs, Ruth and Wintle, Claire (2016) Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational Productions and Practices, 1945-1970 [Edited Collections]
Wintle, Claire and Craggs, Ruth (2016) Introduction: Reframing Cultures of Decolonisation In: Craggs, R. and Wintle, C., eds. Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational Productions and Practices, 1945-1970. Studies in Imperialism . Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 1-26. ISBN 9780719096525
Wintle, Claire (2014) Models as cross-cultural design; Ethnographic ship models at the National Maritime Museum Journal of The History of Collections, 27 (2). pp. 241-256. ISSN 0954-6650
Mears, Helen and Wintle, Claire (2014) Brave New Worlds: Transforming Museum Ethnography through Technology - An Introduction Journal of Museum Ethnography, 27. pp. 3-11. ISSN 0954–7169
Mears, Helen and Wintle, Claire (2014) Brave New Worlds: Transforming Museum Ethnography through Technology, special edition of Journal of Museum Ethnography [Edited Collections]
Wintle, Claire (2014) Negotiating the Colonial Encounter: Making Objects for Export in the Andaman Islands, 1858-1920 In: Helland, Janice, Lemire, Beverley and Buis, Alena, eds. Craft, community and the material culture of place and politics, 19th-20th century. The histories of material culture and collecting, 1700-1950 . Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 143-160. ISBN 9781409462071
Wintle, Claire (2013) Colonial Collecting and Display: Encounters with Material Culture from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Museums and Collections . Berghahn, Oxford, UK.
Wintle, Claire (2012) Visiting the Empire at the Provincial Museum, 1900-1950 In: Longair, Sarah and McAleer, John, eds. Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, pp. 37-55.
Wintle, Claire (2010) Consultancy, networking and brokerage: the legacy of the donor in museum practice Journal of Museum Ethnography, 23. pp. 72-83. ISSN 0954–7169
Wintle, Claire (2009) Model subjects: representations of the Andaman Islands at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, 1886 History Workshop Journal, 67 (1). pp. 194-207. ISSN 1363-3554
Wintle, Claire (2008) Career development: domestic display as imperial, anthropological and social trophy Victorian Studies, 50 (2). pp. 279-288. ISSN 0042-5222