The VMC Research Group at Northumbria provides a dynamic hub for researchers and students engaged with the historical and theoretical analysis of art, culture, design, museums and architecture. The group acts as a forum to bring together researchers across the university and offers an annual programme of events relating to current issues in visual and material culture research
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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is an architectural and design historian specialising in the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture and material culture, with a particular interest in the Gothic Revival and modernism. He became a member of the Visual and Material Culture Group after joining Northumbria University in 2012.Beyond Northumbria, Michael is Architecture and Design editor for the award-winning Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the largest and most comprehensive resource available for all those involved in the study of modernism across all creative disciplines.

He is a committee member of the Northern Architectural History Society and of the Historic Churches Committee, which administers and determines applications to alter listed churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

Michael has published extensively on the architecture of North-East England and is currently researching the architects Dunn and Hansom, whose work spearheaded the Catholic Revival in nineteenth-century architecture. He has received funding from the AHRC and the Paul Mellon Centre to support his research activities.

At Northumbria, Michael teaches historical and critical studies to undergraduate students across the 3D Design, Design for Industry and Interior Design programmes in the School of Design, in addition to convening final-year dissertation modules for the Graphic Design and Fashion programmes.