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2011 - 2012


Past Master for


Philippa Glanville OBE FSA

An enthusiastic communicator, Philippa Glanville is now an independent adviser on the decorative arts, after a 40-year career as a curator.

After reading history at Cambridge & training as an archivist, Philippa joined the Museum of London, where she planned the Tudor and Stuart Galleries, which opened in 1976. Becoming the silver specialist at the V&A, she served as Keeper of Metalwork from 1989 to 1999, and devised the first phase of the award-winning Whiteley Silver Galleries, opened in 1996. She then went on to become the first Academic Director at Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, before retiring in 2003.

Philippa's books include London in Maps (1972 Connoisseur/Ebury Press), Silver in England (Unwin Hyman 1987), Women Silversmiths 1697 -1845 (with Jennifer Goldsborough) (Thames & Hudson 1991), Elegant Eating (V&A 2002) and The Art of Drinking (V&A 2007). Philippa is a vice president of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) and a trustee of the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art across the UK - helping museums and galleries to buy, show and share art . She is curatorial adviser to the Harley Gallery, North Nottinghamshire and a recent project was an exhibition – "Dining with a Duke: Decoding Food and Drink at Welbeck 1695 to 1914", reflecting her longstanding research interest in the material culture of eating.

Philippa is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. She is married to a fellow historian and they have two sons. She was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015.

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