Current research and news

Information about all of RCMG's current research projects and events can be found below. Past RCMG research projects can be found in the Research Archive.



The Activist Museum Event – November 2021

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is delighted to invite you to ‘The Activist Museum’ on 10 November 2021, 3:00pm (UK time).

The event brings together projects which, although addressing hugely different injustices and crises, share a concern for democratic practice, opening up space for multiple voices and creating more equitable museums. The Museum of Transology, Journey to Justice and 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object partner up to share reflections on activist museum practice.

This event is open to students, museum professionals and researchers. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite. 

The Activist Museum Award – September 2021

RCMG has now announced the third round of the Activist Museum Award. This award is for an individual or group working in/with museums to support the research and development of an activist project that reflects the ideas presented by Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell in their recent book, Museum Activism (Routledge, 2019). The Activist Museum Award is the vision of Robert R. Janes in recognition of the pioneering work of Richard Sandell in the field of museums and social justice. It is intended to encourage, inspire and support similarly activist museum work throughout the UK museum community and the world.

Find out how to apply.

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network named Partnership of the Year at the Museum + Heritage Awards.

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network, led by five founding partners – the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), Historic Royal Palaces, Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust – was named Partnership of the Year at the 2021 Museums + Heritage Awards.

The Network, project-managed by Rachael Lennon and Dan Vo and financially supported by the Art Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund, provides peer support for people working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories and now has 75 member organisations across the UK.

Find out more about the award here. You can also visit this page to read about the Queer Heritage and Collections Network and its outcomes.

Presentation slide that says 'Queer Heritage and Collections Network: research Centre for Museum and Galleries (University of Leicester) on behalf of QHCN. There are several hexagons filled with picture of the people involved in the project.