Hunt, Miriam

Start date:
October 2016
Research Topic:
Achieving meaningful community engagement in the museum
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Bella Dicks and Dr Kate Moles
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Museum studies and policy, and museums themselves, are increasingly concerned with contributing positively to the sort of concerns usually reserved for more traditional social policy interventions. The purview of the museum is no longer solely to hold historical artefacts in trust and offer educational programs and events to the public: they are now considered to have an important role in matters of social regeneration by supporting strong, healthy communities. I am interested in finding out what sort of community engagement is happening at present, and what opportunities there are for new modes of engagement – and, importantly, what works.