Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage


Research in the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage intersects museums and heritage studies, cultural theory and history. In our research theme for 2015/6, The Status of Inclusion, we seek to focus on the subtlety and complexity of practices of engagement, access and inclusion. We will do this through drawing on a wide range of conceptual resources that will help us test and challenge the political uses and affects of any clear demarcation between professionals and communities, between inside and outside – and even between things, buildings and people.

Find out more about our research theme for 2015/6.

Centre staff and research students are currently conducting a wide range of research projects.

Current research projects include:

Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for re-founding ‘inter/national’ museums translocally
Helen Graham

Mapping contemporary art in the heritage experience: Creation, Consumption and Exchange
Nick Cass

Ongoing work includes:

Approaching cultural value as a complex system:
Experiencing the arts and articulating the city in Leeds
Helen Graham

Co-producing cultural policy
Liz Stainforth

Co-producing legacy:
What is the role of artists within Connected Communities projects?
Helen Graham

Developing a Co-Produced, Digital and Living Archive of Learning Disability History
Helen Graham

‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’
Connected Communities Co-design Development Grant

Helen Graham

Hunslet and Holbeck Heritage Project
Mark Westgarth

In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Claudia Sternberg

Intersecting Practices: assessing the role and impact of contemporary art in heritage spaces
Nick Cass

Legacies of War: Culture and the Arts
Claudia Sternberg

Nordic Art. The Modern Breakthrough.
Professor David Jackson, Hannah Heilmann, Jan Cox

Performing the Past
Mark Westgarth

The 20th Century Antique Trade: a cultural geography
Mark Westgarth

The Period Room: Museum, Material, Experience
Mark Westgarth

The Visionary Cross Project
Catherine Karkov

Ways of Knowing:
Exploring the registers, values and subjectivities of collaborative research

Helen Graham


Past research projects

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