Mireille Galinou, a Bordeaux University graduate, holds a BA Hons in Art History from Birkbeck College, London and worked for over 20 years with the Museum of London collection of Paintings, Prints and Drawings which she curated between 1992 and 2000.
Mireille left the Museum of London in March 2000 for a freelance career. Projects have included curatorial work for the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey and Household Cavalry Museum at Horse Guards; conference and publication work on the art patronage of London merchants; in-depth research into the archive of the Eyre Estate in St John’s Wood leading to the publication of a ground-breaking volume on the birth of England’s first garden suburb.
Mireille curated a large number of exhibitions, both for the Museum of London and for the London Arts Café, a charitable organisation she set up in 1996 to create a platform for the art of cities. These have included London’s Pride - A History of the Capital’s Gardens (1990), Streets in the Sky - The Paintings of David Hepher (1996), London’s Lost Map (1998), Housing and Homelessness (1999), London now– City of Heaven, City of Hell (2006) and Creative Quarter: Sydenham and Forest Hill (2013) .
Mireille has made regular contributions to the magazine Country Life and is the author of a number of articles published in academic journals. She edited London’s Pride - a History of the Capital’s Gardens (1990) and City Merchants and the Arts (2004). She is the co-author (with John Hayes) of London in Paint - Oil Paintings in the Collection of the Museum of London (1996). She spent five years researching Cottages and Villas – The Birth of the Garden Suburb which was published by Yale University Press in 2010 and won the JB Jackson Book Prize in the United States.
In 2015 Mireille set up Your London Publishing - a small publisher of lively guides to the history, culture and contemporary life of London's suburbs.