About Tiffany Jenkins



Tiffany Jenkins is an author, academic, broadcaster and consultant. Writing credits include the Observer, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Scotsman (for which she was a weekly columnist on social and cultural issues) and the Spectator. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh; a former visiting fellow in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics. Her PhD is in sociology, her BA in art history.  

Tiffany Jenkins appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, including Front Rowand ‘Saturday Review’. She wrote and presented the  programme’s Beauty and the Brain, which explored what science can tell us about art; A Narrative History of Secrecy, a five part history of secrecy, and most recently; Contracts of Silence on the rights, wrongs, and reasons for the rise of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) after high profile cases in business, politics, and celebrity life on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the host of the new arts podcast: Behind the Scenes at the Museum. 

Her book Keeping Their Marbles: How Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums and Why They Should Stay There was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is also the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority, and editor of Political Culture: Soft Interventions and Nation Building. 

She speaks regularly at conferences around the world and is an accomplished keynote speaker.


An outstanding achievement, clear-headed, wide-ranging and incisive.’ John Carey, 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?’ Professor Mary Beard

Tiffany Jenkins sets out a clear, compelling, and at times controversial case for museums as repositories and interpreters of the past…  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

Contact her via her agent, Toby Mundy, here:

Toby Mundy Associates

6 Bayley Street, Bedford Square

London, WC1B 3HE

Telephone: (+44) 020 3713 0067

Photo: Chris Close.


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