Dr Ryan Nutting possesses over fifteen years of experience working in universities and heritage organizations in the United Kingdom and United States. Ryan received his PhD from the School of Museum Studies and Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies. Ryan recently completed an International Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) researching the interpretation of netsuke held by the Museum Folkwang since 2010.
Ryan received his PhD thesis in 2017 from the University of Leicester. This work examined the changing interpretation of four sets of miniature ethnographic models purchased by Frederick Horniman in Asia in 1894 and 1895 and displayed in the Horniman Free Museum until it closed in early 1898. Utilizing theories on miniature objects museum education and postcolonial theories I examined how the interpretation of these objects changed depending upon the viewer and how these models represent rich resources for examining late nineteenth-century British views of other cultures. Ryan's more recent work focuses on the history collecting display and interpretation of objects to convey information and construct knowledge on places cultures and peoples in museums museum education policies and practices in the late nineteenth century and museum decolonization.
Press and media
Museum collecting and display practices in the nineteenth century; museum decolonization; tourist art; the interpretation and display of miniature objects and models
Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen International Fellowship 2020
Honorary Research Fellow University of Leicester School of Museum Studies 2017
University of Leicester Student Teaching Partnership Award 2014
Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Fellowship in Museum Practice and Research 2001
"“’I…secured some interesting and genuine Egyptian relics for the Museum at Forest Hill’: Frederick Horniman’s Collecting and Interpretation of Egypt in the Late Nineteenth Century” on 8 November 2021 at Pyramids and Progress: Perspectives on the Entanglement of Imperialisms and Early Egyptology (1800-1950) at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels Belgium.
“’I visited the Natural History Museum which is very good and also the Mining Museum…’Frederick Horniman and His Reviews of Museum Practices at the end of the Nineteenth Century.” on 17 May 2021 at the IV International Meeting “Tourists Visitors Followers Museum Audiences between 19th and 21st Centuries: Prospects for the Future” at the Museo Cerralbo in Madrid Spain.
“’To the Land of the Rising Sun’: Frederick Horniman’s Travels in Japan” on 27 September 2019 at the At the Crossroads of Doubt: Anthropology and Anglophone Travel (XIXth-XXIth Centuries) conference at Sorbonne Université in Paris France.
Graduated from the University of Leicester Leicester England
Received PhD from the School of Museum Studies
Graduated from Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado
Received M.A. in History with emphasis in Museum Studies Archival Studies Historic Preservation
Graduated Cum Laude from Concordia College Moorhead Minnesota
Received B.A. with Double Major in History and English Literature