Research

For over 50 years, Museum Studies at Leicester has played an influential role in the reinvention of museum theory and practice. We have been the locus of creative and critical researchers and practitioners who have transformed the academic field and professional practice. By producing original, rigorous and internationally-influential research, and by working collaboratively on a range of pioneering initiatives, we have made a significant and sustained contribution both to the specific field of museum studies and to the international cultural sector more widely. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Museum Studies was the highest scoring unit of any discipline or institution in the UK.

We are home to the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) established in 1999 to develop research that would directly impact museum practice and museum audiences, and to CRÍA, a collaborative centre researching those institutions where art is created, negotiated, performed and displayed.

Details of individual staff research and interests can be found on our people pages.

As well as our staff research, we have a PhD research community currently numbering around 80 students.

Research themes

Learn more about our views of Museum Studies as an academic discipline and the research themes our staff work within.

Explore our research themes

Research projects

Find out more about our current and completed research projects.

Browse a list of our research projects

Books and reports

We have an extensive range of books and reports, as undertaken by our researchers.

Browse our publications

Events archive

We are involved in organising and hosting a variety of events; including seminars, conferences and symposiums.

Learn more about the events held by us

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

We welcome enquiries from researchers who are considering making an application to the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme and who wish to be hosted here and work with us in an area of Museum, Heritage or Art Studies. These fellowships provide significant support to postdoctoral and other experienced researchers coming to us from anywhere in the world. If you are interested, please contact the member of staff who most closely reflects your area of interest. If you are not certain who that might be, then please contact the School's Research Director, Dr Giasemi Vavoula. Full details of the scheme including eligibility criteria can be found in the guide for applicants (PDF, 1.3mb).

Visiting Scholars

Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is happy to welcome visiting scholars. We have hosted many students, academics and professionals here for visits of up to six months. Students are assigned an academic mentor who meets with them on a monthly basis and are welcomed into our thriving research community with opportunities to participate in seminars and meet with staff. Visiting students are also allocated a University computer account and given access to the University library with its unrivalled collection of museum studies materials and related books. The cost for these visits is £500 per calendar month. 

Please direct your enquiries to Christine Cheesman.