James Hamilton lectures on aspects of Gainsborough, Turner, Faraday, the culture of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, the art of Volcanoes and twentieth century art.

Since 1998 he has lectured at:


University of Birmingham, 1998-2013
St Antony’s College, Oxford, 1999, 2002
Faculty of Modern History, University of Oxford, 1999
Art History Summer School, University of Cambridge, 2001, 2006
British School at Rome, 2007
Oxford Brookes University, 2014-15


Fields of Influence: Royal Institution, London, 1998
Turner 2004, Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, 2004
‘Le Vésuve en Eruption: Savoirs, représentations, practiques’, Instituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Naples, 2007.
Turner and the Elements symposium, Warburg-Haus, Hamburg, 2010

Art Galleries and Museums

Tate Britain, London, 1998
Petworth House, 1999
Royal Institution, 2000
Holburne Museum of Art, University of Bath, 2000, 2014

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2000
Leeds City Art Gallery, 2001
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass, 2003
Manchester City Art Gallery, 2003
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2006, 2009
Szepmuveszeti Museum [National Museum of Fine Arts], Budapest 2009
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 2010
Art First, London, 2011
Friends of York Art Gallery, 2011
National Museum, Krakow, Poland, 2011
National Gallery, 2012, 2018
Herschel Museum, Bath, 2013
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 2014
Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, 2015
National Portrait Gallery, 2017
Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk, 2017
Blenheim Palace, 2019

Art and Historical Societies

Portsmouth Grammar School, 2001
Institution of Electrical Engineers, London (the 2003 Blumlein Lecture)
Institution of Electrical Engineers, Birmingham, 2004
NACF, Worcestershire, 2004
The Athenaeum Club, London, 2005
Holcombe Art Society, Gloucestershire, 2006
University of Birmingham Alumni Society, 2006
Dante Society, Birmingham, 2010, 2012
Hungarian Society, Oxford, 2010
Art Workers’ Guild, London, 2011
Kidlington, St Mary’s Church Tea Talks, 2011, 2018
Sunningwell Art Society, Oxfordshire, 2011
Paul Mellon Centre, Turner Society Pantzer Lecture, 2012
Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2012
Armchair Travel, Berkeley, Glos, 2013
Kidlington Historical Society, 2014
Wolfson College, Oxford, 2014
Bedford History Society, 2016
Leeds Art Fund, Leeds Library, 2016
Banbury Art Society, 2017
Banbury Historical Society, 2017
Leeds University, 2017
Iffley Historical Society, 2018
Abingdon Anglo-German Society, 2018
Kirtlington Historical Society, 2020
Adderbury Historical Society, 2022


MV Aegean Odyssey

Literary Festivals

Portsmouth Festival, 2002
Oxford Literary Festival, 2006, 2016
Peckham Literary Festival 2008
Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2008
Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, 2009
Wimbledon BookFest, 2009
Cheltenham International Literary Festival, 2009, 2017
Blenheim Literary Festival, 2014
Gibraltar Literary Festival, 2015
Buxton Literary Festival, 2017
Bath, Toppings Bookshop, 2017
Bath Theatre Royal, 2017
Hungerford Bookshop, 2017
Thame Art and Literature Festival, 2017
Knutsford Literature Festival, 2017
Aldeburgh Literary Festival, 2018
Oxford Literary Festival, 2018
Charleston Literary Festival, 2018
Derby Book Festival, 2018
Derby Book Festival, 2018 and 2022
Bath Literary Festival 2022
Aldeburgh Literary Festival, 2022
Chalke Valley History Festival, 2022


His fees are agreed by negotiation. Contact James Hamilton to book a lecture.