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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Ian Waites

I studied History of Art and Design at Leicester Polytechnic, and I have taught at various schools of Art, Architecture, and Design in Lincoln since 1995. I currently teach across a number of modules for MA programmes in English Studies, Historical Studies, and C19 Studies, as well as critical and cultural studies for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme. I have supervised four postgraduate students to completion (1 MPhil and 3 PhD). The subjects of these were: The life and work of Lincoln-born artist, William Logsdail (1859-1944) The life and work of German Enlightenment figure, Jacob Christian Schaffer (1718-1790) The representation of the Scottish highland habitat in the paintings of Edwin Landseer The life and work of the artist, William Hilton RA (1786-1839) I would welcome hearing from students who are considering MPhil and PhD studies in the areas of: - English landscape art and rural society c.1700-2000 - Any aspect of British Art c.1700-2000 - Council housing in Britain 1945-1980 - British Popular Culture and Social History 1945-1980. My research interests centre on post-WW2 landscapes, sense of place and memory. I am currently interested in the relationship between postwar 'modernist' planning and the principles of eighteenth-century Picturesque theory, and the use of the 'Radburn Idea' in the design of 1960s and 70s council estates.

Department Responsibilities

Module Leader and Tutor: MA Nineteenth-Century Studies - ‘The Natural World’ Module Tutor: MA Nineteenth-Century Studies - ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches To Tennyson’ and ‘The Nineteenth-Century City’ Module Tutor: MA English Studies - ‘Romantic Legacies’ Module Leader: BA (Hons) Graphic Design - ‘Contextualising Visual Practice 3: Dissertation’ Module Leader: BA (Hons) Graphic Design - ‘Contextualising Visual Practice 2’ Module Leader: BA (Hons) Graphic Design - ‘Contextualising Visual Practice 1’

Subject Specialism

History of Art, Architecture and Design c1700 to present


  • PhD 'Unbounded Freedom: The Art and Aesthetics of the Common Field Landscape, c.1700-1850' — 2007

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Research Interests

  • Childhood Studies

  • Common Land

  • History and Memory

  • Post-WW2 Planning

  • Post-WW2 British Popular Culture

  • Post-WW2 Council Estates

Research Projects

  • Co-investigator: ‘Unearthing Utopia’ — awarded £3000 by Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2017
  • Co-investigator: ‘Exploring Middlefield’s Archaeology — awarded £20000 by Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2016
  • Co-investigator: ‘Taking the Lead – research through action’ — awarded £1060 by Arts Council England in 2015
  • Co-investigator: ‘Changing landscapes, changing environments: enclosure and culture in Northamptonshire, 1700-1900’ — awarded £400000 by Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2010

Research in the Lincoln Repository