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Helen Ritchie

Research Assistant

Helen Ritchie is responsible for researching, interpreting and curating the modern Applied Arts collections. She is the organising curator for the forthcoming exhibition, Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, in partnership with Yale Center for British Art, and also Flux: Parian Ware at The Fitzwilliam Museum, in partnership with artist-curator Matt Smith (both 2018).

After studying at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and the University of the Arts London, Helen worked with a broad range of applied arts at the Royal Collection Trust, Christie’s, Harrogate Museums and the British Museum. She is the author of A Passionate Collector: Mrs Hull Grundy and Jewellery from the Harrogate Collection (2014) and a forthcoming volume on Metalwork and Jewellery 1850-1950 from the collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum (2018). Helen lectures widely on a variety of applied arts and is the Hon. Secretary of the Decorative Arts Society (DAS) and a committee member of the Society of Decorative Arts Collections (SODAC). 


Research Interests

Primarily European design post-1850; British Studio Pottery; Artist/Designer metalwork and jewellery; contemporary crafts.

As Research Assistant in the Applied Arts department, Helen has a broad-based working knowledge of and interest in European ceramics, glass, silver, pewter, textiles, fans, furniture, clocks, watches, jewellery, arms and armour, as well as Islamic art, dating from the early Modern period to the present.


Recent/Major Publications

2014 A Passionate Collector: Mrs Hull Grundy and Jewellery from the Harrogate Collection, Harrogate: Harrogate Borough Council, 96 pp.

2012 ''A Superb Service of Toilette Plate': historicist plate in the Royal Collection' in Silver Studies 2012: The Journal of the Silver Society, pp.101-111.