Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss

Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss


  • KY16 9AJ

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


After twelve years of working as a museum curator in various institutions in Germany and the UK, I joined the Museum & Gallery Studies team within the School in January 2009.

My research focuses on the ‚long eighteenth century’, material culture and gender studies. My PhD, published in 1998, investigated the role of relief sculpture in South German Rococo churches and the workshop practices of the sculptors and stuccoists. My work as exhibitions curator at the History Museum in Hannover led me to explore Hanoverian court culture and political iconography, with a particular focus on the medals celebrating the Hanoverian succession to the British throne in 1714 both as tools of political propaganda and as entrepreneurial merchandise. I acted as deputy chair of the academic advisory board for a major exhibition (“Landesausstellung”) held across five venues to celebrate the anniversary of the Succession in 2014.

My current project concerns female riding practice and its representation. I proposed and co-curated an exhibition of art at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia (co-founded by Paul Mellon) which scrutinized the history of the side-saddle as represented in works of art, and was opened in 2018. A publicly accessible version of my contribution to the catalogue can be found here: Sidesaddle: 1690-1935.

In 2020, I have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to further explore “’Fair amazons’: female equestrians and the performance of gender, 1770 to 1820”.

Research interests

The sculptor's workshop and the "Gesamtkunstwerk" in the 18th century,

the Hanoverian court and its iconography,

baroque medals as an instrument of propaganda and the role of 'medal-publishers',

horsewomen and huntresses (and their representations) in the 18th century.

Other expertise

curatorial expertise, 12 years experience in developing and setting up exhibitions and permanent displays and in all aspects of museum and collections management.

Future research

The sculptor's workshop, the Hanoverians (portraits, political iconography),

the "room kenotaph" and forms of mourning at the time of the Empfindsamkeit,

the female equestrian portrait in the 17th and 18th century.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Backwards in high heels: a brief history of the sidesaddle

    Weiss, U. E., 1 Sept 2018, Sidesaddle 1690-1935. Weiss, U. E. & Pfeiffer, C. P. (eds.). Middleburg, VA.: National Sporting Library and Museum, p. 1-17 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Hannover in napoleonischer Zeit: Drei Medaillen

    Translated title of the contribution: Hanover in Napoleonic times: three medalsWeiss, U. E., 30 Jul 2018, Archiv und Landesgechichte: Festschrift für Christine van den Heuvel. Graf, S., Rößner, R. & Steinwascher, G. (eds.). Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, p. 333-351 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

  • Johann Christian Wenzinger als (zunft-)"freier Künstler" und die Reliefs der Gallusvita

    Translated title of the contribution: Johann Christian Wenzinger as (guilt-)"free artist" and the Gallus ReliefsWeiss, U. E., 2018, Die Kathedrale St. Gallen: Das spätbarocke Bauwerk und seine Ausstattung. Grünenfelder, J. (ed.). Lindenberg: Kunstverlag Josef Fink, p. 383-414 32 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Querfeldein im 'leichten Sitz' statt Kapriole und Courbette: Reitkultur und Kulturtransfer

    Translated title of the contribution: Riding culture and cultural transfer during the Personal UnionWeiss, U. E., Dec 2015, Als der Sport nach Hannover kam: Geschichte und Rezeption eines Kulturtransfers zwischen England und Norddeutschland vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Münster: Lit-Verlag, p. 55-80 25 p. (Schriftenreihe des Niedersächsischen Instituts für Sportgeschichte; vol. 24).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • "Da war ein Pergament drin, so schön ringsum bemalt": die Prunkurkunden zur hannoverschen Sukzession

    Translated title of the contribution: "Inside was a parchment, so beautifully painted on all sides": The ornate charters of the Hanoverian successionWeiss, U. E., Feb 2014, Brief und Siegel für ein Königreich: Die Prunkurkunden zur hannoverschen Thronfolge in Großbritannien . Babin, M-L., Heuvel, G. V. D. & Weiß, U. (eds.). Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, p. 29-78 50 p. (Veröffentlichungen der Historischen Kommission für Niedersachsen und Bremen; vol. 273).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter