Dr Katy Bunning
Katy Bunning is an Associate Professor in the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.
Katy has undertaken research, teaching and supervision in the School of Museum Studies since 2018, focusing on race equity work and the impact of racial justice movements in museums. Prior to this, she worked for 13 years with the School on distance learning development and innovations, including the development of the Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum MOOC.
Building on her degree in American Studies, Katy completed a PhD on the impact of racial justice and rights movements on the development of new museums at the Smithsonian Institution during 1980s-2010s. This research was published in her monograph Negotiating Race and Rights in the Museum (Routledge 2021), which explores the production of racial ideas within museum approaches and professional discourses.
Building on her doctoral research, and working within the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at Leicester, Katy is undertaking action research with the Museum of London (partly funded by ESRC), to explore forms of embedded whiteness within museum practices and professional norms. With RCMG, Katy has also researched participatory practices at the Science Museum (2014), and supported the design of a new framework for community engagement with the Museum of London (2020). Katy is also supporting funded PhD research on colonial histories (AHRC/Tate), and the development of new institutional practices based on non-hegemonic logics of the Global South.
Katy’s pedagogic research focuses on the design of accessible curricula and positive action initiatives to create a more inclusive postgraduate environment for museum studies and the wider professional sector. For this work she received a University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2020.
Bunning, K. (2021) Negotiating Race and Rights in the Museum, Routledge.
Bunning, K. (2018) 'Ethnic heritage for the nation: Debating "identity museums" on the National Mall', in Watson, S., Barnes, A.J. and Bunning, K. (eds.) A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, Routledge.
Watson, S., Barnes, A. J. and Bunning, K. (2018) 'Introduction', in Watson, S., Barnes, A.J. and Bunning, K. (eds.) A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, Routledge.
Bunning, K., Kavanagh, J., McSweeney, K., and Sandell, R. 2015. 'Embedding Plurality: Exploring participatory practice in the development of a new permanent gallery'. Science Museum Journal, 3, Spring.
Professor Felix Driver
Felix Driver is professor of human geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Much of his research is concerned with science, exploration, empire and visual culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has undertaken numerous collections-based projects in collaboration with museums, libraries and botanic gardens, and supervised a large number of collaborative PhDs. In 2009 he co-curated the Hidden Histories of Exploration exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, where he is currently Chair of the Collections Advisory Group. In recent years he has worked in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he is an Honorary Research Associate, on several AHRC-funded including The Mobile Museum: Economic Botany in Circulation
and Plant Humanities: Where Arts, Humanities and Plants Meet
. He is currently Co-investigator on a new archival project, An Oral History of the Environmental Movement in the UK
, in partnership with the British Library, the Royal Geographical Society and Friends of the Earth.
Felix Driver is a Fellow of the British Academy and currently a member of its Council. He is a former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Historical Geography
and an Associate Editor of History Workshop Journal
. He has been a member of the Trustees Collections & Research Committee at the Royal Museums Greenwich, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Arts & Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum and a member of several AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Programme Consortia panels.
Professor Sasha Handley
Sasha Handley specialises in early modern social and cultural history in the British Isles, with a particular interest in histories of everyday healthcare (especially sleep practices), material culture, supernatural belief (especially relating to women's histories) and the history of emotions.
She teaches across a wide range of courses in early modern British, European and global history. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Co-Editor of the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Social and Cultural History and Chair of the Wellcome Trust's Medical Humanities Discovery Advisory Group. Sasha is a member of the Bodies, Emotions and Material Culture Collective at Manchester and she is Associate Director for Research (Public Engagement and Impact) within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures from 2021-24.
- Lusty sack possets, nuptial affections and the material communities of early modern weddings
Handley, S., Environment and History, 28, 3 (2022), 375-395
- Accounting for sleep loss in early modern England
Handley, S., Interface Focus, 10, 3, (2020), 1-11 11
- Voix de femmes, cruauté maritale et histoires de fantômes dans l'Angleterre du XVIII siècle
Handley, S., Revue Historique, 688, 3 (2018), 837-868 31.
- Objects, emotions and an early modern bed-sheet
Handley, S., History Workshop Journal, 85 (2018), 169-194.
- Deformities of nature: sleepwalking and non-conscious states of mind in late eighteenth-century Britain
Handley, S., Journal of the History of Ideas, 78, 3 (2017), 401-425
- ‘Sleep-piety and healthy sleep in early modern English households’ in Conserving health in early modern culture: Bodies and environments in Italy and England, edited by S. Cavallo, S. & T. Storey (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017) pp. 185-209.
- Sleep in Early Modern England
Handley, S., (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016).
Professor Jane Henderson
Professor of Conservation
School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University
I am the Secretary General International Institute for Conservation. I teach on the BSc and MSc degrees in Conservation and Collection Care. I serve on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, am a co-opted member on the trustee board of the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries. I am internationally recognised, I am a visiting Researcher of the Scientific Conservation Institute in Beijing and I serve on the European standards body CEN TC 346 WG11 and on the BSI standard group B/560 concerned with the conservation of Tangible Cultural heritage.
Delivering excellence in access and use of collections
Disaster or Emergency Preparedness Planning
Cultural heritage collections in Wales
Henderson, J. 2022. 'Conservators delivering change.' Studies in Conservation 67(S1), pp. 105-111. (10.1080/00393630.2022.2066320)
Sweetnam, E. and Henderson, J. 2022. 'Disruptive conservation: challenging conservation orthodoxy.' Studies in Conservation 67(1-2), pp. 63-71. (10.1080/00393630.2021.1947073)
Henderson, J. 2020. 'Beyond lifetimes: who do we exclude when we keep things for the future?' Journal of the Institute of Conservation 43(3), pp. 195-212. (10.1080/19455224.2020.1810729)
Henderson, J. and Lingle, A. 2020. 'Preventive Conservation on Archaeological Sites: UK Policy and Practice.' China Cultural Heritage 2, pp. 25-35.
Henderson, J., Waller, R. and Hopes, D. 2020. 'Begin with benefits: reducing bias in conservation decision-making.' Studies in Conservation 65(S1), pp. 142-147. (10.1080/00393630.2020.1787638)
Lingle, A. M. and Henderson, J. 2020. 'Preserving the archaeological archive.' In: Smith, C. ed. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Switzerland: Springer, (10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3517-1)
Professor Michelle Henning
Michelle Henning is Chair in Photography and Media, School of the Arts, at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Photography: The Unfettered Image (2018), Museums, Media and Cultural Theory (2006) and editor of Museum Media (2015). She has also written more than 25 chapters and articles on photography, museums, media, modernism and visual culture. Her background is in fine art and cultural studies, but her research has increasingly focussed on: the role of reproduction and media in museum and exhibitions displays; the history of photography especially in terms of its connections to other media, to industry and to the broader culture; contemporary ideas and uses relating to digital photography and social media.
In 2018–19 she was awarded an AHRC funded fellowship to research the archives of the British photographic company Ilford Limited, resulting in two journal articles and an ongoing book project. Previous grants have funded research into taxidermy in museums and the work of the Viennese polymath, social scientist and museum innovator Otto Neurath. She also sits on the editorial board of photographies journal and has been involved in collaborative and advisory work with various UK institutions including Bristol Museums and Archives, Arnolfini and Tate Liverpool.
- Henning, M, 2021, ‘Feeling Photos: Photography, Picture Language and Mood Capture’ in Dvorak, T, and Parikka, J (eds), Photography Off the Scale (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)
- Henning, M, 2020, ‘The Worlding of Light and Air: Dufaycolor and Selochrome in the 1930s’, Visual Culture in Britain, 21(2), pp. 177–198
- Henning, M, 2018, Photography: the Unfettered Image (London: Routledge)
- Henning, M, 2017, ‘The Floating Face: Garbo, photography and death masks’ in photographies, 10 (2), pp. 157–178
- Henning, M, 2015, Museum Media, Vol. 3 of The International Handbooks of Museum Studies (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
- Henning, M, 2015, ‘With and Without Walls: Photographic Reproduction and the Art Museum’, in Michelle Henning (ed.) Museum Media (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 577–602
- Henning, M, and Hyder, R, 2014, ‘Locating the ‘Bristol Sound’: Archiving Ausic as Everyday Life’ in Cohen, S, Knifton, R, Leonard M, and Roberts, L, (eds), Sites Of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (London: Routledge) pp. 97–111
- Henning, M, 2011, ‘Neurath’s Whale’, in Alberti, S (ed.) The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press) pp. 152–168
- Henning, M, 2011, ‘Living Life in Pictures: Isotype as Modernist Cultural Practice’, New Formations 70, pp. 41–59
- Henning, M, 2007, ‘Legibility and Affect: Museums as New Media’, in Macdonald, S and Basu, P (eds) Exhibition Experiments (Oxford: Blackwell) pp. 25–46
- Henning, M, 2007, ‘New Lamps for Old: Photography, Obsolescence and Social Change’, in Acland, C (ed) Residual Media (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press) pp. 48–65
- Henning, M, 2007, ‘Anthropomorphic Taxidermy and the Death of Nature: the Curious Art of Hermann Ploucquet, Walter Potter and Charles Waterton’, Victorian Literature and Culture 35, pp. 663–678
- Henning, M, 2006, Museums, Media and Cultural Theory (Maidenhead; Open University Press)
- Henning, M, 2006, ‘New media’, in Macdonald, S (ed.), A Companion to Museum Studies (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 302–318
Professor Heather King
Professor Heather King’s research examines the ways in which educators foster learner engagement with science across many contexts including schools, museums, the natural environment, and non-formal spaces such as maker-spaces. In particular, her work focuses on social and environmental justice concerns with respect to science education practice.
Heather is co-chair of the Science and Technology Education Research Group at King’s College London and teaches modules in STEM education leadership, in STEM Making and Creating, and in Education in Arts and Cultural Settings. She is also the Vice President for Education at the British Science Association.
Dr Theano Moussouri
Theano Moussouri is Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology. After completing her BA in Preschool Education at the University of Athens, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester where she completed her PhD thesis on Family Agendas and Family Learning in Hands-On Museums. She has worked for the Audience Research Unit of the Science Museum in London on a number of large scale exhibition projects including the Wellcome Wing. Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Moussouri was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Museums and Gallery Education at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester where she was involved in developing the Generic Learning Outcomes Framework. In 2004 she founded Audience Focus with the mission to help museums and heritage organisation to facilitate enriching learning experiences for their visitors. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Visitor Studies, Museum & Society, Science Museum Group Journal and Books Editor for Curator: The Museums Journal.
1) The interface between museums and visitors (non-visitors); specifically Dr Moussouri is interested in how people make meaning of their visits to museums, embodied approaches to museum experiences and how these fit in their socio-cultural lives; 2) the development of professional identity and the navigation of museum practice, and management and sharing of knowledge by exhibition developers , including computer-supported collaborative exhibition development, and 3) she has also been active in synthesising evidence to coalesce it into frameworks for policy-makers and practitioners.
Research topics: use of mobile technology in audience research; embodied interaction; visitor meaning-making and perception; visitor and non-visitor motivation research; public engagement with disciplinary content; research-to-practice and knowledge transfer in the museum sector; exhibition development and the development of professional identity among exhibition developers; developing context appropriate and culturally sensitive qualitative research methodologies and Responsible Research and Innovation practices.
Recent research projects:
1. Digital museums: a pilot research project which aims to: 1) explore how families interact with digital exhibits/resources; 2) develop innovative methodologies that can help us study the relationship between family visitors’ motivation to visit a digital exhibit and their interaction, meaning making and learning with digitally mediated exhibits. This project is funded by the IOE/UCL Strategic Partnership Fund.
2. BigPicnic engages a wide range of audiences across the EU with the topic of food security, a topic of major concern for the future and one that will have far reaching impact on personal expenditure, health and lifestyle. This is a Horizon 2020 – ‘Science with and for society’ project funded by EC.
3. Building Bridges research project: This research project examines family experiences of science in relation to the ‘Building Bridges’ project run by the Science Museum, focusing in particular on families from under-represented visitor groups in particular.
- Moussouri, T and Hohenstein, J, 2017, Museum Learning (Routledge)
- Derewnicka, L, Vergou, A, Moussouri, T and Fernández Rodríguez, A, 2015, Caring for your community: A manual for botanic gardens London (UK: Botanic Gardens Conservation International BGCI)
- Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2015, ‘Conducting visitor studies using smartphone-based location sensing’, Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage, 8 (3). doi:10.1145/2677083
- Moussouri, T and Vomvyla, E, 2015, ‘Discussions about Home and Identity at a Social History Museum’, Archaeology International, 18, 97–112. doi:10.5334/ai.1810
- Roussos, G and Moussouri, T, 2015, ‘Human Dynamics, Inference and the Functional Semantics of Space’, in Griffiths, S and von Lünen, A (eds), Spatial Cultures (Ashgate)
- Moussouri, T, 2014, ‘From “telling” to “consulting”: a perspective on museums and the modes of public engagement’, in Thomas, S and Lea, J (eds), Public Participation in Archaeology, (Suffolk, UK and Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press), pp 11–22
- Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2014, ‘Mobile sensing, BYOD and Big Data Analytics: New technologies for audience research in museums’, Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 11 (1), 270–285
- Moussouri, T, 2013, ‘Good Connections: Making Audience Research a Collaborative Process’
- Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2013, ‘Examining the effect of visitor motivation on visit strategies using mobile computer technologies’, Visitor Studies, 16 (1), 21–38 doi:10.1080/10645578.2013.767732
- Moussouri, T, 2012, ‘Knowledge Management for Collaborative Exhibition Development’, Museum Management and Curatorship, 27 (3), 253-272. doi:10.1080/09647775.2012.701996
Professor Ross Parry
Ross Parry is Director of the Institute for Digital Culture at the University of Leicester, and Professor of Museum Technology in its School of Museum Studies.
A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, former Tate Research Fellow, and former chair of the UK’s national Museums Computer Group, Ross is also one of the founding Trustees of the Jodi Mattes Trust - for accessible digital culture.
He is a board member of Attenborough Arts Centre, and a member of the UK Research and Industry’s Steering Committee of its £19mn digital cultural heritage initiative ‘Towards a National Collection’. Previously he was visiting professor at the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials (University of Southern Denmark), and from 2017 to 2021 he served on the International Advisory Board for the €6mn ‘Our Museum’ project, funded by Nordea-Fonden and Velux Fonden.
Ross continues to lead the ‘One by One’ international consortium of museums, professional bodies, government agencies, commercial partners and academics, that together are working to build digitally confident museums. After a three-year national project in the UK (working with the Museums Association, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund), the consortium’s subsequent projects have brought partners (including the V&A, Science Museum, National Museums Scotland and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales) into an action research collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and American Alliance of Museums. The work now continues (in partnership with Surface Impression and Culture24), supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
• Parry, R. (2023). ‘Code switching: Feeling the ‘emotional turn’ in digital cultural heritage’, in D. Giglitto, L. Ciolfi, E. Lockley & E. Kaldeli (eds.), Digital Approaches to Inclusion and Participation in Cultural Heritage: Insights from Research and Practice in Europe
• Parry, R. & Dziekan, V. (2022). ‘Critical Digital: Museums and their Postdigital Circumstance’, in H. Barranha & J. S. Henriques (eds.) Art Museums and Digital Cultures: Rethinking Change
(Universidade NOVA de Lisboa & Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), pp. 9-19.
• Parry, R., Foti, P. & Natale, S. (2021). 'When Digital Becomes the Object: Developing Computing Histories in Museums.' MW 2021
. Published February 1, 2021.
• Parry, R. (2019). 'How Museums Made (and Re-Made) Their Digital User', in T. Giannini & J.P. Bowen (eds.), Museums and Digital Culture. Springer Series on Cultural Computing
(Springer), pp. 275-293.
• Drotner, K., Dziekan, V., Parry, R. & Schrøder, K. (eds) (2019). The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication
• Malde, S., Kennedy, A & Parry, R. (2019). Understanding the Digital Skills & Literacies of UK Museum People. One by One
(Leicester: University of Leicester).
• Parry, R., Page, R. & Moseley, A. (eds) (2018). Museum Thresholds: the Design and Media of Arrival
• Parry, R. (2013). 'The End of the Beginning: Normativity in the Postdigital Museum', Museum Worlds
, vol. 1, 24-39.
• Parry, R. (2013). 'The Trusted Artifice: Reconnecting with the Museum's Fictive Tradition Online', in K. Drotner and K. Schrøder (eds) Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum (New York and Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge), pp. 17-32.
• Parry, R. (2011). 'Transfer Protocols: Museum Codes and Ethics in the New Digital Environment', in J. Marstine (ed.) Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum (Routledge), pp. 316-331.
• Parry, R. (ed.) (2010). Museums in a Digital Age. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies (Abingdon and New York: Routledge).
Professor Jane Winters
Jane Winters is Professor of Digital Humanities and Director of the Digital Humanities Research Hub at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Jane is Vice-President (Publications) of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Advisory Board of the Living with Machines project, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Editorial Board of the History of Parliament, and the UK UNESCO Memory of the World Committee.
Jane's research interests include digital history, born-digital archives (particularly the archived web), the use of social media by cultural heritage institutions, and open access publishing. She has published most recently on Non-Print Legal Deposit and web archives, born-digital archives and the problem of search, and the archiving and analysis of national web domains.
Recent research projects
• Congruence Engine (AHRC-funded [Towards a National Collection], Nov. 2021 to Oct. 2024, £2.9m), Co-Investigator
• UK-EI Digital Humanities Association: a network for research capacity enhancement (AHRCfunded, Aug. 2020 to July 2021, £29,997), Principal Investigator
• Heritage Connector (AHRC-funded, Towards a National Collection, Feb. 2020 to October 2021, £248,462), Co-Investigator
• WARCnet: Web ARChive Studies Network Researching Web Domains and Events (Independent Research Fund Denmark, Jan. 2020 to Dec. 2021, DKK1,224,000), CoInvestigator
• CLEOPATRA: Cross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN, H2020-funded, Jan. 2018 to Dec. 2021, UK budget €606,345)
• Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities (AHRC-funded, March 2016 to Feb. 2017, £32,2210), Principal Investigator
• TOBIAS: Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS (AHRC-funded, Oct. 2015 to Sept. 2016, £65,241), Principal Investigator
• Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data (DILIPAD) (Digging into Data Challenge 3, Feb. 2014 to Jan. 2016, UK budget £140,588), Principal Investigator
• Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities (AHRC-funded, Jan. 2014 to March 2015, £423,915), Principal Investigator
• Valérie Schafer and Jane Winters, ‘The values of web archives’, International Journal of Digital Humanities (2021)
• Jonathan Blaney, Sarah Milligan, Martin Steer and Jane Winters, Doing Digital History (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021)
• The Past Web: Exploring Web Archives, ed. Elena Demidova, Daniel Gomes, Thomas Risse and Jane Winters (Cham: Springer, 2021)
• Jane Winters, ‘Giving with one click, taking with the other: e-legal deposit, web archives and researcher access’, in Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future, ed. Paul Gooding and Melissa Terras (London: Facet Publishing, 2020)
• Jane Winters, ‘Learned societies and scholarly communication’, in Old Traditions and New Technologies, ed. Martin P. Eve and Jonathan Gray (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2020)
• Dong Nguyen, Maria Liakata, Simon DeDeo, Jacob Eisenstein, David Mimno, Rebekah Tromble and Jane Winters, ‘How we do things with words: analyzing text as social and cultural data’, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Language and Computing (2020)
• Andrew Prescott and Jane Winters, ‘Negotiating the born digital: a problem of search?’, Archives and Manuscripts, 47(4) (November 2019), 391-403
• Jane Winters, ‘Negotiating the archives of UK web space’, in The Historical Web and Digital Humanities: the Case of National Web Domains, ed. Niels Brügger and Ditte Laursen (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019)
• Jane Winters, ‘Web archives and (digital) history: a troubled past and a promising future?’, in The SAGE Handbook of Web History, ed. Niels Brügger and Ian Milligan (SAGE Publications Ltd., 2018), 593-606
• Jane Winters, ‘Digital history’, in Debating New Approaches to History, ed. Peter Burke and Marek Tamm (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018), 277-300
• Jane Winters, ‘What does an author want from a publisher?’, Learned Publishing, 31(1) (September 2018), 318-22