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Director of Museum Studies; Associate Professor; B.A., University of Leeds
Melanie Hall is an Associate Professor, teaching courses in American and English architecture and preservation, decorative arts, and Museum Studies. She is currently the Director of Museum Studies. She joined the department in 1999 and has had extensive experience of museums and historical agencies. She studied Fine and Decorative Art History at the University of Leeds. Her career began as research assistant at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Galleries, York. For many years she worked for the Historic Monuments and Buildings Commission for England on a nation-wide survey of historic houses and towns. She has lectured on this work at Maddingley Hall, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, Univeristy of Hull, and as a specialist lecturer to the National Trust. Prior to coming to the United States she was Senior Lecturer in Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
Prof. Hall is co-founder and director of the International Preservation Forum, which brings together specialists from many countries. She is an expert advisor to the Heritage Memorial Fund (England), the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and Antiques America.
Her publications include over 30 historic districts and towns reports for the British government, articles and reviews in Furniture History, Architectural History, and Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society. Her recent work on the origins of the English National Trust is in publication with Yale University Press, Studies in British Art series. Her current research focuses on museums dedicated to poets and writers, and landscape preservation in New England and England.