Collaborative Research With Museums

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015, 2-3.30pm
  • Engineering 207, Mile End Campus
  • Free event but limited to 30 people. To register, please follow this link 

objects-tokyoThis event is designed to give you an insight into the benefits of working collaboratively with cultural organisations during your PhD and Postdoc.

Researchers who work closely with cultural partners will be sharing best practice and experiences of doing collaborative research, exhibiting research in museums, and working in the museum sector.

By hearing experiences and case studies of collaborative research projects, you will be able to avoid potential pitfalls when developing ideas in relation to your own research. This session will include panel presentations, panel discussion and Q&A.

The session will last one hour and is followed by chatting over tea/coffee.

(Image credit: ‘Objects-Tokyo’ by Hennie Haworth)

Speakers include: 

Hannah Stockton (National Maritime Museum)

For me, the most exciting thing about researching  within the museum is the range of new perspectives on my source material and on working with material culture in general, that can be gained from working with people who know the collections so well. From conservators who work with the objects on a physical level, and understand their materials and construction, to curators who interpret these objects, placing them within their material and historical contexts, to people in Learning and Interpretation or Exhibitions, who work on how these objects and their histories can be presented to new audiences in interesting ways, the value of researching in museums is the varied and great expertise of the staff, which can be an invaluable resource to any researcher.

Kristin Hussey (Hunterian Museum)

​Before beginning my PhD in September 2014, I worked in a number of museum roles including Assistant Curator of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. One of my favourite parts of being a curator was getting to assist researchers in engaging with the collections and finding new and innovative sources for their projects. I’m now very lucky to get to be doing a project of my own and drawing on diverse museum and archive collections through my research.  I think museums and material culture offer a perspective that more PhDs should consider employing, and also represent a fantastic opportunity for engagement with a wider audience through exhibitions. At the same time, creating a museum exhibition is a very specialist skill in itself and hopefully this panel will provide a forum to discuss what you need to know!

Katie McElvanney (British Library)

I am currently in my first year of a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with QMUL and the British Library, helping to prepare a major exhibition on the Russian Revolution to be held at the library in 2017. As well as receiving training and experience in collection and exhibition curatorship, working at the library allows me to share my research with the public in exciting ways, such as contributing to the library’s European Studies blog.