"Robert Alwyn Petrie Hewison" is a United Kingdom/British Cultural history/cultural historian.

He was educated at Bedford School, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication/Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts/BA in 1965, Master of Arts (Oxbridge and Dublin)/MA in 1970, Master of Letters/MLitt in 1972, and Doctor of Letters/DLitt in 1989.

For most of his professional life he has made a living as a freelance writer and curator and he has written for The Sunday Times (UK)/The Sunday Times since 1981. Among his academic appointments he was Visiting Professor at De Montfort University from 1993 until 1995; he then held a number of appointments at the University of Lancaster as Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies (1995–2000), part-time Professor in the Department of English (2001). He was Slade Professor of Fine Art in the University of Oxford 1999/2000, lecturing on the subject 'John Ruskin/Ruskin To-day'. From 2005 to 2012 he was Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies at City University, London. Currently he is an Honorary Professor at the Ruskin Library/Ruskin Centre, Lancaster University.

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If the only new thing we have to offer is an improved version of the past, then today can only be inferior to yesterday. Hypnotized by images of the past, we risk losing all capacity for creative change.

Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country.