Professor Anne Anderson


Dr Anne Anderson FSA

Hon. Professor Exeter University

With a first degree in archaeology and a PhD in English, Anne was a senior lecturer in Art and Design History at Southampton Solent University for 14 years. She taught on the Fine Arts Valuation degree programs. During 2009-2010, Anne worked on Closer to Home the reopening exhibition at Leighton House Museum, Kensington. She has curated four national exhibitions, including Ancient Landscapes, Pastoral Visions: Samuel Palmer to the Ruralists (2008), The Truth About Faeries (2009-11), Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree (2013) and Beyond the Brotherhood The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy (2019-20). Her book on The Perseus Series was updated to accompany the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition (2018, Tate Britain).

She has published in leading commercial and academic journals, including The Antique Dealer and Collector;Journal of Design History; Interiors Design/Architecture/Culture; Journal of William Morris Studies, The Wildean, A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, and Women’s History Review.

She has held several prestigious fellowships including Fellow of the Huntington Library, CA (2008-09 and 2018-19) and Fellow of the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Library and Museum (2009/10). Currently a tutor for the V&A Learning Department, Anne specialises in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement.  She has also contributed to Christie’s educational program. Her career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world, including Jersey, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.  She undertook her fourth lecture tour of Australia, for ADFAS, in 2018.


My Work

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I have been an Arts Society Lecturer since 1994. I have also lectured for the Art Fund and the National Trust. I have an extensive list of lecture titles. Please browse through a selection of my most popular lecture topics. All my lectures are lavishly illustrated. See my contact information below and get in touch.

Hire Me as a Tour Guide

As well as my scheduled tours for Travel Editions, I am happy to organise and guide private tours. I can assist with the content of both European and UK tours. I also have a range of London walking tours which may interest you, that last around two hours. Discover literary Chelsea or artistic Kensington.

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I am constantly planning new lectures as well as UK and European tours. I stay current by responding to national and international exhibitions. Stay in touch to see what new tours and lectures are offered.

My favourite task is curating exhibitions. The process allows me to be my most creative. Putting together an exhibition requires much more than simply hanging some paintings on a wall. You need to have something to say, a story to tell. However, securing the loans and raising the funds can be a challenge

Beyond the Brotherhood The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy takes Pre-Raphaelitism from the original Brothers, Holman Hunt, Millias and Rossetti, into the 21st century through the art of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. It combines the collections of Southampton City Art Gallery and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth. Paintings have also been loaned by major London institutions-Tate Britain, the Royal Academy and the V&A.

My career as an exhibition curator began with a modest show for Southampton City Art Gallery in 1998. Women in White celebrated the return of Burne-Jones’ Perseus Series from the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. All ten paintings had been loaned to celebrate the centenary of artist’s death. Accompanying the paintings to New York and attending the Private View was certainly one of the high points of my career.

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