Lydia is Associate Professor at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, where she directs studies in History of Art and Visual Culture. She is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, where she is currently Principal Investigator on a 2-year project, Investigating the role of The Women’s Art Collection: Research & Teaching, funded by the Isaac Newton Trust. Her first monograph, Mural Painting in Britain 1630-1730: Experiencing Histories, was published by Routledge in 2020 (2nd edition 2022) and her next book, Painted Interiors of the British Baroque, is under contract with Lund Humphries (2025). She has worked as a curator at the Fitzwilliam Museum, National Trust, Tate Britain and the University of Cambridge Museums and has published widely on topics relating to the Italian Renaissance and British Baroque. Current research interests include British visual culture, especially mural painting; classical reception and theory; gender and patronage.