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Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

Subject History of Art, Design and Film
Fellow type Extraordinary
Year started 2009
Matriculation year 1965


Sir Christopher Frayling is the former Rector of the Royal College of Art, the only wholly postgraduate university institution of art and design in the world, and is now Professor Emeritus of Cultural History there. In addition, he is the former Chairman of Arts Council England, the largest funding body for the arts in the UK; he was the longest-serving Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum; he was Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, which selects the designs for new coins; Chairman of the UK Design Council; and an 1851 Royal Commissioner. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Lancaster and Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth.

Christopher is well-known as an historian, a critic and an award-winning broadcaster on radio and television. He has published twenty-five books and numerous articles and exhibition catalogues on contemporary and modern art, design, film and the history of ideas. In the year 2000, he was knighted for "services to art and design education".

He was an undergraduate and postgraduate at Churchill College from 1965-1971.

College positions

1968 - 1971


1965 - 1968