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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.) before pursuing a successful career in industry. In 2009 she returned 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. She is currently preparing an article for publication on the politicization of space at the court of William III.
Since December 2015 Jo has combined this research interest with the role of Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum on exhibitions as diverse as ‘Shakespeare in Soane’s Architectural imagination’ (2016) and ‘Marc Quinn, Drawn from Life’ (2017). She was responsible for curating Sarah Lucas’ installation in 2016, 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) and co-curated ‘Purely Ornamental’ (2018) which drew from Sir John Soane’s lectures as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy. Her current project is Hogarth: Place and Progress’ to open in October 2019. Bringing together all of Hogarth’s painted series for the first time, along with other engraved series, this exhibition uses the theme of ‘place and progress’ to offer new readings of the artist’s complex views on morality, society, and the city.