Headington, Joshua

Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
A Critique of the Social Discourse of Museums
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Bella Dicks
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Wales DTP

My research is an inquiry into, and a critique of the current social discourse of museums, in collaboration with the National Museum of Wales. Some of the central questions my research aims to address, include:

  • Of what do museum’s speak when they speak of ‘society’?
  • What are the principal determining factors that have influenced the contemporary societal discourse of museums?
  • What is the ‘social purpose’ of museums?
  • What can be said to constitute ‘social engagement’?
  • Can the social practice of museums be said to verify their societal discourse?