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Jo Tinworth studied the political, social and cultural history of Britain and Europe during the long eighteenth century at the Universities of Durham (B.A.) and Oxford (M.Sc.) and pursued a successful career in industry before returning to her first love: buildings. She graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2009 with a Masters in History of Art (Architectural History). Between 2010 and 2016 she worked as a freelance research curator for Historic Royal Palaces, on projects spanning the Tudors to the Victorians at Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London. It was at Historic Royal Palaces that Jo conceived her interest in the architectural patronage of William III and Mary II and how their building at Hampton Court and Kensington, in the context of their palaces in Holland, might inform our understanding of their Court and Monarchy.
Between December 2015 and December 2019 Jo was Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, working on exhibitions as diverse as ‘Shakespeare in Soane’s Architectural imagination’ (2016) and ‘Marc Quinn, Drawn from Life’ (2017). In 2016 she was responsible for curating ‘Sarah Lucas: Power in Woman' when the Soane was the only venue in the UK to present work from Lucas’ contribution to the Venice Biennale. She was the lead curator of ‘Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I’ (2017), Emily Allchurch: Visions of Architectural Fancy (2018) and co-curated ‘Purely Ornamental’ (2018) which drew from Sir John Soane’s lectures as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy. In 2019 working with Prof. David Bindman, she co-curated, ‘Hogarth: Place and Progress’ the critically acclaimed 5* sell-out exhibition which brought together all of Hogarth’s painted Modern Moral Subjects for the first time.
Jo is now Curator (Collections) at Sir John Soane’s Museum, protecting, caring for and researching its building, furnishings and works of art under the aegis of the Deputy Director.