Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)


Call for participants: Museums as spaces of care during crisis: engagement team responses to COVID-19 and its impact on staff

Dr Nuala Morse, researcher at RCMG, is looking for professionals who work in community engagement and outreach in museums, galleries and heritage to take part in an interview between June and September 2022 for a study that seeks to develop a better understanding of community engagement / outreach staff experience of working during lockdown (March 2020 to June 2021) and how this has impacted the perceptions and purpose of museum engagement work.

This research is a collaboration with GLAMCares, a support network for community engagement workers in galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

If you have any questions, would like further information, or would like an informal discussion before taking part, please contact Nuala at 

Applications are now open for the New Museum School Advanced Programme 2021-2023

Launched in 2021, the New Museum School Advanced Programme is a partnership between the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and Culture&. This new initiative sets out to foster inclusive transformation in the museums, arts and heritage sector through nurturing diverse talent. 
We are currently offering fully funded PgDip and Masters programmes in Socially Engaged Practice and Museum Studies to UK based people from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the sector.

Find out more in the Advanced Programme Prospectus 2021-2023.

Or register for a free online information session with Suzanne MacLeod and Richard Sandell on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 at 12.00pm. Email Cesare Cuzzola ( to book. Following this event, individual one-to-one sessions are available to support you in making your application.

Deadline for applications: 28 April 2022. 

Children’s Museology: Call for Papers for an edited book

Submissions are invited from researchers, curators, museum practitioners, artists, and other interested parties for an edited book on the emergent field of Children’s Museology, defined as “the production of museum content and programming not just for or about children, but also by and with children in ways that engage them as valued social actors and knowledge-bearers” (Patterson 2020). 

Focus and key questions

  • How can children’s active participation and contribution foster change in museum practice? 
  • What are the possibilities and challenges of bringing child-centred praxis into museology? 
  • What examples and future possibilities exist for museums to engage children as valued social agents, knowledge-bearers, and active contributors rather than mere receivers of museum content and programming provided for them by adults? How can museums better share authority with children and break from the adult-dominated status quo? What can children’s museology do? What is the value and potential impact of this work?

Read the full Call for Papers (docx, 24kb).

Deadline for submissions

  • 30 March 2022



  • Monica Eileen Patterson, Assistant Director, Curatorial Studies, Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture/Associate Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (Childhood and Youth Studies), Carleton University
  • Ceciel Brouwer, Research Associate Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

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