Dr Elisabeth Kehoe MBA (Insead), MA (London), PhD (London)

Modern British history

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research Lecturer, MA in Contemporary British History

Research and publications


  • ‘The British Museum: the Cultural Politics of a National Institution, 1906-1939’ unpublished PhD thesis (London, 2002)
  • Fortune’s Daughters: the Extravagant Lives of the Jerome Sisters: Jennie Churchill, Clara Frewen and Leonie Leslie (London: Atlantic, 2004)
  • Ireland’s Misfortune: the Turbulent Life of Kitty O’Shea (London: Atlantic, 2008)


  • ‘Working Hard at Giving it Away: Lord Duveen, the British Museum and the Elgin Marbles’, in Historical Research Vol 77, Number 198, Nov 2004


  • ‘Lady Randy: Churchill’s Mother’, Channel 4, UK, 2008;
  • ‘Secrets of the Manor House': 2 of the 4 series, PBS in the US and Virgin in the UK, 2012;
  • ‘Secrets of Chatsworth’ PBS in US and Virgin in the UK, 2013;
  • ‘Million Dollar American Princesses: “Cash for Class”, Smithsonian in the US, and ITV in UK, 2015;
  • ‘Million Dollar American Princesses: “Wedding of the Century”, Smithsonian and ITV, 2015;
  • ‘Million Dollar American Princesses: “Movers and Shakers”, Smithsonian and ITV, 2015.

In preparation

  • ‘The Dangers of turning to the Public: the Controversial Purchase of the Codex Sinaiticus for the British Museum in 1935’.
  • Red Clare’: the Life of Clare Sheridan, Winston Churchill’s Bolshevik Cousin.
  • ‘Daughters of Ireland: Maud Gonne, Dr Kathleen Lynn and Dorothy MacArdle’, a chapter in The Shaping of Modern Ireland, to come out in February 2016 by Irish Academic Press.

Teaching and supervision

Her areas of teaching supervision are:

  • British museums and galleries
  • British national identity and nationalism
  • 19th and 20th C Biography and women’s history