Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage


The Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, draws on its home in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, to create a dynamic environment for researching and studying museum practice at the intersection of cultural theory, history, art practice and museum and heritage studies.

Through the School’s BA programme in History of Art and Museum Studies (to become BA Art Gallery and Museum Studies from September 2016) and MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies we support students to engage critically and philosophically with historic and contemporary practices of museums, galleries and heritage organisations. Through a combination of theory and practice, the programmes produce graduates who are able to develop professional careers in the museums and heritage sector whilst retaining a critical and reflexive eye on their own practice and that of the institutions in which they work. From autumn 2015, the School now also offers a new MA in Arts Management and Heritage Studies.

Our vibrant research culture actively involves undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral research students through research salons and conferences, a Centre blog, a regular Heritage Reading Group and a seminar series on ‘Museology’ and ‘Perspectives on the Art Market’.

We have a strong track record of developing funded research projects which work through sustained collaboration with museums, galleries and heritage organisations. Recent projects have investigated aspects of community heritage, professional training for the sector, and the use of new technologies in heritage practice and have resulted in events, workshops and exhibitions, widely disseminated through publications and project websites.

The Centre was established in 2009. The current Directors and Co-Directors are Helen Graham, Mark Westgarth and Nick Cass.

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