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About Nerissa Taysom

Nerissa is a Lecturer in Art History at New College of Humanities, where she has delivered the first lectures for the new undergraduate minor degree course. She studied History of Art at the University of Bristol and medieval architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art under Professor Paul Crossley. She spent five years working for Edmund de Waal and was the principal researcher for his award-winning book, The White Road (Chatto & Windus, 2015). She has co-edited several international publications, including a Phaidon monograph on de Waal and exhibition catalogues for Artipelag, Stockholm, the National Gallery in Prague, Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin.

As a classically trained musician, she has curated concerts and sound installations in numerous public collections, including the Royal Academy, Fitzwilliam Museum, Courtauld Gallery and Turner Contemporary. She currently holds an Arts Council England funded research post in music education at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and is a Research Associate in Art History at the University of Bristol.   


MA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art (2011)

BA (Hons), History of Art, University of Bristol (2009)

DipABRSM (Distinction) Flute, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2007)

Professional Affiliations

National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

UK Association for Music Education (Music Mark)

Association for Art History

Society of Architectural Historians GB


Nerissa Taysom's Research

Nerissa’s primary research is in the intersections between the visual arts and music, with a focus on the architecture and sound worlds of the 12th-14th centuries. She is currently the Research Manager for The Music Commission, a year-long research post funded by Arts Council England in the policy area of cultural education. Her previous role was the Project Researcher for Sound and Silence in the Ecology of the Cathedral, a Brigstow Institute funded post at the University of Bristol with Dr Beth Williamson.

Nerissa has developed a wide portfolio of research interests that have informed her professional research. This has included three years of international research into ceramic history for an award winning book, The White Road (Edmund de Waal, Chatto & Windus, 2015), five years spent in curatorial roles for galleries and museums, and a funded post at the University of Bristol in medieval architecture and sound. More recently, Nerissa has broadened her research into areas of cultural and educational policy, working with organisations such as the Association for Art History and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to develop new strategies for pedagogy and engagement. She was made a Research Associate in Art History at the University of Bristol in 2017. As a new Visiting Lecturer at NCH, Nerissa uses her interdisciplinary interests and broad understanding of art historical methods and research to inform her undergraduate classes.   

Selected Publications

Forthcoming publications

N Taysom, ‘Historiography of Music in the Parish Church, 1200-1399’, to be published in peer-reviewed volume, Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200-1399, ed. A Bovey, Courtauld Books Online (2018)

N Taysom et al, The Music Commission, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (September 2018)

Published work

N Taysom and B Williamson, Sound and Silence in the Ecology of the Cathedral, University of Bristol and Bristol Cathedral (2017).

N Taysom, The Future of Art History, Courtauldian, Courtauld Institute of Art (October 2016)

N Taysom, ‘The Early English Architecture of Hexham Abbey’, Hexham Historian (November 2013)

N Taysom, ‘A review of The Woodcut in Fifteenth Century Europe, ed. Peter Parshall’, The Burlington Magazine, London (2011).

Research assistant for the following publications:

S Fogg (ed.), Maiolica before Raphael, Paul Holberton Publishing, London (2017).

S Nash (ed.), Late Medieval Panel Paintings II, Paul Holberton Publishing (2016).

E de Waal, The White Road, Chatto & Windus, London / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York (2015)

Nerissa Taysom's Teaching

Nerissa works on supervisions with academics at the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham and University of Liverpool. In her current role as Research Manager at ABRSM, she also works closely with the Royal Schools, including RNCM, Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music.

Teaching Appointments

Lecturer, Art History, New College of Humanities. (2017 – present)

Teacher in History of Art, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. (2011)

Research Associate, University of Bristol. (2017 – present)

Course Development

Design and development of NCH421 Introduction to Art History, with Dr Patrycja Kaszynska and Dr Susan Green, new Art History undergraduate minor course at New College of Humanities. (2017)

Design and delivery of three months of resources for AS and A Level History of Art (Edexcel) for Hills Road Sixth Form, Cambridge with Timothy Winn. (2011)

Professional Activity

Contracted by ABRSM to complete one year research post on The Music Commission, post funded by Arts Council England.

Trustee for Art History Link-Up – a charity that provides art history lessons at the Wallace Collection and National Gallery for state educated students.

In 2016 Nerissa initiated a national campaign to save A Level Art History. She was then asked to sit on the panel for a series of meetings about the future of the discipline. These were conducted at the Courtauld Institute of Art, with representatives from DCMS, Tate, Royal Academy, University of York and the AAH.

Research Manager, The Music Commission, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2017-present)

Research, Publications & Engagement, Edmund de Waal (2012-2017)

Curator, Julian Simon Fine Art (2010-2012)

Curatorial Assistant, October Gallery (2008-2010)