Professor Suzanne MacLeod

Co-director Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)

School/Department: Museum Studies, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3759



I joined the School in 1997 following a BA (History of Art and Architecture) and MA (Art Museum and Gallery Studies) at the University of Manchester. Before that I trained and worked as a graphic designer. I have undertaken numerous roles in the School including Head of School. I am currently Co-Director with Richard Sandell of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) where we undertake collaborative research with cultural organisations committed to inclusive transformation. I teach across all the School’s programmes. On the Master’s programmes I co-teach a Module called Design for Creative Lives. Grounded in RCMG research and a complex understanding of the direct relationships between our spatial and social worlds the Module seeks to equip students with a socially-oriented museum imagination and to excite the museum makers and leaders of the future to share power, collaborate, research and experiment. I supervise PhDs related to museum making and visitor experience.


I have published widely on museum making including Museums and Design for Creative Lives (Routledge 2020), Museum Architecture: A New Biography (Routledge 2013) and am actively involved in collaborative research including a series of international conferences design workshops and publications.

In RCMG I undertake collaborative research with organisations such as the National Trust, Museum of London, Birmingham Museums Trust and National Museums Liverpool.



MacLeod, S., Hale, J., Austin, T. and Ho, O. (eds.) The Future of Museum and Gallery Design (London: Routledge, 2017).

MacLeod S., ‘An Ethical Future for Museum and Gallery Design: design as a force for good in a diverse cultural sector’, in MacLeod, S., Hale, J., Austin, T. and Ho, O. (eds.) The Future of Museum and Gallery Design (London: Routledge, 2017).

MacLeod, S. ‘Image and Life: museum architecture, social sustainability and design for creative lives’ in S. Greub (ed.) New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2017).

Jones, P. and MacLeod, S. ‘Museum Architecture Matters’, Museum & Society, 14 (1), 2016, 207-219.

MacLeod, S., Dodd, J., and Duncan, T., ‘New museum design cultures: harnessing the potential of design and ‘design thinking’ in museums’, Museum Management and Curatorship, 2015.

MacLeod, S., Sandell, R., Dodd, J., Duncan, T., Jones, C. and Gaffikin, A., Prisoners, Punishment and Torture: Developing new approaches to interpretation at the Tower of London, RCMG/HRP, 2014.

MacLeod, S., Dodd, J. and Duncan, T., Developing IWM North, RCMG/IWM, 2014.

MacLeod, S. and Dodd, J., Establishing a Vision: New Walk Museum and the Story of Leicester, RCMG/LAMS, 2013.

MacLeod, S. Museum Architecture: A New Biography, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

MacLeod, S., Hanks, L., and Hale, J. (eds.), Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, London and New York: Routledge, 2012.



Museum space, architecture and design; organisational transformation; ethical interpretation; visitor experience.


Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc Museum Studies

Postgraduate Diploma/MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies

Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc Museum Studies by distance learning

Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc Socially Engaged practice in Museums and Galleries by distance learning

Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc Heritage and Interpretation by distance learning

Phd Museum Studies/PhD Museum Practice 

Press and media

Museum architecture and design


Series Editor Routledge Museum Making Series
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