Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

Past research projects

Ethics and Legitimacy of Community Engagement, Contemporary Collecting and Co-production in Museums and Heritage
Helen Graham

This broad project, brought together by Helen Graham, draws on two collaborative Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded projects ‘Partnership and Participation: Intellectual Property and Informed Consent’ and ‘Tackling Ethics Issues in Community-Based Research’. Taken together, the projects have enabled active exploration of the ethical and political issues raised by community engagement projects with museum practitioners and participants in community engagement projects. Through the second of the projects, the questions raised by museum community engagement are located in the broader frame of community-based research, and have led to Ethics Guide and a series of Case Studies and Commentaries and were explored further at the Ethical Challenges in Community-based Participatory Research Conference (Durham University, 28 February 2013).

Museum Studies Now?
Mark Westgarth
Museum Studies Now? is a CCIE funded project, running in Spring 2013. This project, by Mark Westgarth, aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in museum, gallery and heritage education, including academics, students, policy advisors, policy makers, together with those in professional practice in the museum and heritage sector, to discuss and debate the continued relevance and applicability of museum studies further and higher education provision. Museum Studies Now? hopes to open up these debates against the background of current funding cuts and the diverse future requirements of the sector. It aims to highlight a focused debate on museum studies as a possible case study for further consideration of the relationships between educational provision and other sectors of the economy.

ReVisioning the Brontës
Nick Cass

Organised by Nick Cass, Research Associate in the School, Revisioning the Brontës seeks to examine the contribution made by creative reintepretations of the lives of the Brontës and their works as part of his doctoral research. The different strands include two exhibitions ‘Wildness Between Lines’ (Leeds College of Art, 14 December 2012 – 2 February 2013 and ‘Visions of Angria’, (Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, 7 January – 23 February 2013) and a conference ‘ReVisioning the Brontës’ (University of Leeds, 
Tuesday 29th January 2013)

Travelling Objects
David Hill, Kerry Bristol, Valerie Mainz, Mark Westgarth
Travelling Objects, funded through HEIF IV, is a research project that emerged out of the interests of the 18th & 19th Century Research Group in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Travelling Objects aims to unite art historical research and museum and heritage studies. The project team, David Hill, Kerry Bristol, Valerie Mainz and Mark Westgarth, have focused some discrete research activities on the various museum and archive collections held at the University of Leeds with the view curating a virtual exhibition on the theme of objects that have ‘Travelled’ or signify ‘Travel’, both materially and metaphorically.


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