School profile: Dr Nuala Morse

Like many of us in the school, I am an interdisciplinary researcher.

I am currently thinking about the idea of ‘care’ in museums. This is about recognising the care full practice of museum workers in community engagement settings and about the role of museums in the care and repair of place. 

A related aspect of this work explores the links between museum participation and health, well-being and recovery.

Participation is another key theme in my work. Community engagement is a central term in contemporary museum practice, yet museum practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to this work. My PhD explored this tension to provide an ethnographic account of the organisational life-worlds of museums from which to reconsider the ‘social work’ of museum professionals.

Currently I teach on several MA Museum Studies modules, and I lead the ‘Education’ specialism. I am also the Programme Director for the MA Museum Studies by Distance Learning, where I oversee the programme’s administration and where I am thinking creatively about how we can make great learning experiences online and at a distance.

Before Leicester, I moved around quite a bit. I completed my PhD in the Geography Department at Durham University in 2015. After that I held a number of postdoctoral positions, at UCL and the University of Manchester and the University of Winchester. I also spent 6 months at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University as an Endeavour Research Fellow, where I looked at community engagement practice in an Australian context, with a particular focus on Indigenous issues.

Two last things...

My favourite museum is the Museum of Broken Relationships.

My favourite contemporary artist is Susie MacMurray.

Dr Nuala Morse is a Lecturer in Museum Studies and Programme Director of MA/MSc Museum Studies by Distance Learning.