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Director of Museum Studies; Associate Professor; B.A., University of Leeds, F.S.A. London.
As a scholar and a teacher, Melanie Hall considers what we save and how we save it. Her particular focus is on architecture, landscapes and the transatlantic world. Her recent publications include Towards World Heritage, International Origins of the Preservation Movement 1870-1930 (2011). This edited volume arose from a working conference at Boston University that she organized, bringing together an international group of scholars and practitioners to consider the theme. Her work has appeared in the Proceedings of the British Academy, the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Architectural History, and Furniture History. She has an article on ‘Political Ambition, Civic Philanthropy and Public Sculpture, 1900 …’ in a forthcoming volume in honor of her mentor, Dr. Terry Friedman. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. She has been awarded grants and fellowships by the Friends of the Courtauld Institute, London; the Jubilee Fund, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust; the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. At present, she is at work on a cultural history of the National Trust. Her preliminary work on this subject was published by Yale University Press, Studies in British Art series. Her career began at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Galleries. For many years she worked for the Historic Monuments and Buildings Commission for England on a nation-wide survey of historic houses and towns, which resulted in over 30 one- and two-volume reports, which all received approval by the Secretary of State for the Environment. Early in her career she worked as a museum curator, and she has been involved ever since with museums. She has served on the Board of the Nichols House Museum, Beacon Hill, Boston, as chair of its Furniture Committee and, currently, as chair of its Interpretation Committee. With the Museum, she has hosted several conferences at the Boston Athenaeum; the next is in Fall, 2014. She currently serves as Director of Museum Studies.