Acting Director of the MSt in Literature and Arts
Department for Continuing Education
MA Cantab, PGCE Bedfordshire, DPhil Oxon
Antony (Tony) Buxton has taught for the Department for Continuing Education since 1998, initially as tutor on weekly classes and international programmes, and latterly on accredited courses in design and art history, and acting director of the MSt in Literature and Arts. After a first degree split between archaeology, anthropology and English literature he became a furniture designer-maker – training in the Arts and Crafts tradition – and historic furniture conservator – learning restauro di mobili antichi in Florence. He lectures on the historic furnishings for graduate programmes at Christie’s Education, London. The interest in the role played by furnishings in the ordering of social life led to doctoral research in the department (DPhil 2011), exploring non-elite domestic culture as revealed by seventeenth century probate inventories from the Oxfordshire market town of Thame, subsequently published as Domestic Culture in Early Modern England (Boydell Press, 2015). He was co-editor (with Linda Hulin and Jane Anderson) of the interdisciplinary volume InHabit: People, Place and Possessions (Peter Lang Oxford, 2017) which emerged from the TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) seminar series he co-convened of the same name, exploring diverse models of domesticity from the perspective of various disciplines. Recent writing has focussed on the social dynamic of country houses (InHabit), furnishing of workers’ homes, and furniture making in the twentieth century (Bloomsbury forthcoming). He continues to practise his woodworking skills employed as a therapeutic activity by a local charity promoting mental health. He is also a freelance lecturer for the Arts Society. Ongoing research could be described as an interest in the way in which humans modify their material environment, which in turn is invested with meaning and modifies human behaviour and society.