James Miller, a leading figure in the art world, and local man, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton.
Having lived in Northamptonshire for 26 years, James knows the town and the University very well. Speaking about his work with the University James said: “Contributing, in your late 60’s, to something that is inspiring to somebody in their 20’s” is “incredibly rewarding”.
James studied the History of Art at the University of Manchester, then began his career at the age of 22 at Sotheby’s, as the third generation of auctioneers in the family. James started out in the Print Department, moving through British Watercolours and British Painting before managing the auctions of such major Country Houses as Mentmore, Castle Howard and Luton Hoo. Fulfilling the role of a director of Sotheby’s from his mid-twenties, James completed his time there as Deputy Chair, when he left to become an independent art advisor.
Since then he has worked in television and published books on British Country Houses and British Country House Collections. James’ love and passion for Northamptonshire led to his involvement in the Historic Church Trust, Northamptonshire Records Society, the founding of the Annual Sculpture Tours and development of a wide network throughout the county. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Surprise Northamptonshire Project Board and his energy and enthusiasm has been fundamental in its achievements to date. James never fails to be impressed be the energy, ingenuity and commitment of the people of his beloved Northamptonshire.
James received his Fellowship at a ceremony held in Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre. James joins successful University of Northampton students who received their certificates throughout the week.