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tiffany jenkins

tiffany jenkins

Honorary Fellow

The University of Edinburgh

London, United Kingdom, gb

Tiffany Jenkins is an author, academic, broadcaster and consultant on cultural policy. Her writing credits include the Independent, the Art Newspaper, the Guardian, the Scotsman (for which she was a weekly columnist on social and cultural issues) and the Spectator. She is an Honorary Fellow in Department of Art History at the...


The University of Edinburgh

Honorary Fellow

My TEDx talk.

In our ephemeral, digital world where everything is mediated through a computer screen and summoned by the click of a mouse, ancient objects in dusty old mus...

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Writer, Broadcaster & Speaker

Opinion writer on the Scotsman
Other credits include commentary in the Guardian, Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, New Republic.
Broadcaster: guest on programmes that include Radio 4's Start the Week, Front Row, Saturday Review. Presenter for the Radio 4 series A Narrative History of Secrecy; Beauty and the Brain on what science can tell us about art.

Author: Keeping Their Marbles: How Museums Acquired Their Treasures and Why They Should Keep Them.


"An outstanding achievement, clear-headed, wide-ranging and incisive." John Carey, The Sunday Times.

"Courageous and well-argued" – Henrik Bering, Wall Street Journal.

"Anyone who thinks that issues of cultural property and “repatriation” are simple should read this book. Jenkins elegantly explores the complexity of individual cases such as the Elgin Marbles and of the big overarching question: who owns culture?" – Mary Beard, author of SPQR: A history of Ancient Rome

"Tiffany Jenkins applies her considerable experience of cultural policy to construct an excellent survey … Her level-headed and balanced book … is a valuable contribution to the international debate, and will enrich audiences and scholars for a long time to come." – Mark Fisher, Spectator

"Tiffany Jenkins sets out a clear, compelling, and at times controversial case for museums as repositories and interpreters of the past. She argues that we are asking too much of our museums, that we want them to serve narrow ideological purposes of cultural and political identity. There is much to agree with in this argument, and of course, much with which to disagree. That’s what makes this book a must-read." – James Cuno, art historian, author, and President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust