Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

Abigail Harrison Moore

Senior Lecturer/Programme Director MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies/Deputy Head of School

0113 343 5281

Old Mining Building 1.06

Office hours: 8-10am Thursdays

MA, St Andrews, AGMSDip, Manchester, PhD, Soton

Abigail teaches on museums, galleries and heritage and runs the masters programme in art gallery and museum studies. Her current research focuses on the decorative arts, specifically the Arts and Crafts Movement and furniture history and the art market in the inter-war years.


Abigail is the Deputy Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and is the programme director for the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Collaborative Heritage Research.

She has worked with a wide range of museums, galleries and heritage organisations and maintains active links with many partner organisations through alumni, teaching and research projects, student placements and dissertations. Abigail’s current research focuses on the decorative arts, specifically the Arts and Crafts Movement, and furniture history and the art market in the inter-war years. Her most recent monograph is Fraud, Fakery and False Business; Re-thinking the Shrager v. Dighton ‘Old Furniture Case’, (Continuum, 2011). She is a director of the Registrar’s Project, which brings together Leeds Museums and Galleries, the University and the Royal Armouries to train future registrars, has led the University’s project to develop resources for the Extended Project Qualification, which brings together schools and collections and is actively engaged in working with young people in museums, galleries and schools to encourage them to think about studying art history and museum studies and to support them in their transition to university study. She works closely with ARTiculations, a project to encourage 16-18 year olds to undertake art historical research and communicate about their passion for art.

Research Interests

  • Furniture History
  • The Art Market in the inter-war years
  • Heritage, Museums and Galleries
  • Nineteenth Century Decorative Arts
  • Webb, Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • The use of museum collections in schools and the EPQ
  • The use of museum collections in prisons

Abigail’s research students are completing/have completed theses on collecting Wedgwood in America; hidden art; museums in Qatar; museums and education in Taiwan; art and design education in the nineteenth century; the display of taxidermy collections; taking museum objects into prisons; decorative ceiling plasterwork; the ethics of curating; Bardini’s collections; audience development at the Hepworth; the use of contemporary art to interpret heritage collections and audiences for contemporary art at Harewood.  



Abigail leads modules on ‘Country House and Museum Collections’ at level 1; ‘The Museum’ at level 2 and ‘Interpreting Cultures’ on the masters programme. She also teaches on ‘A Story of Art?’ at level 1 and supervises a wide range of BA and MA dissertations. She is programme director for the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies.


Abigail is Deputy Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, and the Programme Director for the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. She takes an active interest in admissions, recruitment and the transition to university, having been admissions tutor prior to becoming Deputy Head of School. She is very active in working with schools, delivering support for the admissions process and personal statements, running the EPQ project, and working with ARTiculations to involve young people in art history and fine art.

Research Projects & Grants

HEIF V funding for development of international CPD programmes (5k, Sep 2011)

HEIF IV funding from project with Leeds Museums and Galleries (£12k, Sep 2010)

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (with Leeds Museums and Galleries) (£50k, Sep 2010)

AHRC Research Leave (£26k, Sep 2009)

Faculty Research Leave (£26k, Sep 2008)

HEIF III funding for project with Royal Armouries Museum (3k, Jan 2007)

Research Centres & Groups

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, Centre for Collaborative Heritage Research, CentreCATH

External Appointments

External Examining

June 2013-16                          BA Art History, Bristol University

Feb 2009                                 PhD, University of London

Jan 2009-2012                        BA Art History, Roehampton University, London.

                                               International Foundation Year, Queen Mary College, University of London.

                                               MA ArtGallery and Museum Studies, Manchester University,

Nov 2008                                PhD, University of Hertfordshire.

Advisory Committee

AQA A Level Art History and Art and Design Expert Panel

Conference Organisation

MGHG Annual Conference, Museums and the Market, Leeds Museum, Leeds (Sept 2010)

‘Philosophy of Architecture, Architecture of Philosophy’, National Media Museum, Bradford and Centre CATH (July 2004)

‘Out of Africa: Aspects of Egypt in the West’, National Media Museum, Bradford and Centre CATH (Nov 2003)

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Dr Kenyon Holder, A Narrative of Collecting Wedgwood in America

Dr Anna Powell, Chance Encounters: the relationship between artwork, curatorial practice and audience

Dr Mariam Al Mulla, The History and Heritage of Museums in Qatar

Dr Rebecca Wade, Pedagogic Objects: the formation, circulation and exhibition of teaching collections in British Art and Education 1837-1857

Yi Shan Lu, A Comprehensive Analysis of the Use of Digital Technology for Museum Collections in Taiwan and England

Ebony Andrews, Transforming Nature: changes in the presentation and display of taxidermy in contemporary British museums

Rachel Forster, Taking Museum Objects into Prisons (AHRC CDA)

Ralph Harrington, The Decorative Plasterwork at Fairfax House, York

Nick Cass, Artists, Contemporary Art and the Heritage Environment

Bing Wang, Regional Identity in Museums in China

Sibyl Fisher, Curating as a feminist Strategy

AnnaLea Tuniesi, Stefano Bardini (1836-1922): Heritage, Scenography, Museology, Market, 1865-1922

Sarah Harvey Richardson, Audience Development at the Hepworth

Joanne Williams,  Audiences for Contemporary Art at Harewood.

PhD Thesis

‘Imagining Egypt: The Regency Furniture Collections at Harewood House, Leeds and Nineteenth Century Images of Egypt’,

University of Southampton (Dec 2001).


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