Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth

Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

French and British visual and material culture, 1600-1900; decorative arts and design; History of Museums; History of collecting, art market studies; country house and heritage studies; practice-based PhDs linked to ceramics, glass, furniture design, etc

Personal profile


Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth is an art historian, writer and curator specialising in the visual and material cultures of early modern Europe. She is Lecturer in French and British History of Art, c.1600-1900 at the University of Edinburgh. From August 2023 she will be Programme Director for the MSc Global Premodern Art: History, Heritage and Curation at Edinburgh.


Caroline holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and is currently writing two books, one on the art collector, linguist and philanthropist Lady Charlotte Schreiber with Lund Humphries (2024), and a forthcoming monograph Sèvres-mania: The Craft of Ceramics Connoisseurship for Bloomsbury Academic (2025). 


Caroline was previously Curator of 1600-1800 Ceramics & Glass at the V&A Museum, London and former Curator of The Chitra Collection. She has published and lectured widely, holding teaching roles at University of Leeds, Royal College of Art, University of Buckingham, and University of Sunderland. She is available for consultant work and sits on various Advisory and Trustee Boards including Art UK, Furniture History Society, English Ceramics Circle and the French Porcelain Society. 

Caroline is an award-winning art historian and curator whose work has previously been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, National Heritage Lottery Fund, The Headley Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Association for Art History, White Rose College of the Arts, Winterthur Museum, Henry Moore Foundation, Paul Mellon Centre, and Newham Borough of London. 

Education/Academic qualification

History of Art, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sèvres-Mania: The History of Collecting French Sèvres Porcelain in Britain, 1789-1884, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

External positions

Trustee, Furniture History Society

1 Jan 2022 → …

Course Leader (V&A Academy), The Victoria and Albert Museum

1 Jan 2021 → …

Trustee, English Ceramic Circle

1 Sept 2020 → …

Trustee, The French Porcelain Society

1 Jan 2016 → …


  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • DAW Central Europe
  • DC France
  • NE Print media
  • NB Sculpture

College Research Themes

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Identities & Inequalities


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