Current research and news

Information about all of RCMG's current research projects and events can be found below. Past RCMG research projects can be found in the Research Archive.



The Queer Heritage and Collections Network

RCMG is delighted to be one of the founding members of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network alongside the National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England and Historic Royal Palaces.  The Network, supported by a grant from The Art Fund will provide peer support for people in the UK working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories.

Find out more about the project and its outcomes: Download (PDF, 383KB)


In September 2019, Taiwan’s National Human Rights Museum launched The Federation of International Human Rights Museums AsiaPacific (FIHRM-AP), dedicating itself to becoming not only a bridge that brings together museums, cultural institutions, and organizations who are interested in human rights but also a platform through which these organisations can work together to support the advancement of rights in the Asia-Pacific region. 

As a first step towards building a hub through which human rights advocates can collaborate, FIHRM-AP has started the ‘Asia-Pacific Human Rights Cultural Institutions Resource Directory Research Project’, inviting museums and institutions with an ambition to advance human rights to collaborate and grow as a community. 

The Project is led by University of Leicester Museum Studies alumna, assistant professor of Fu Jen Catholic University Museum Studies, Dr Lin, Wen-Ling and supported by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester, UK as its international partner.

Foodbank Support Initiative

Building on HumanKind – a collaboration between the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries and Calke Abbey – the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries was planning a large scale food collection during June 2020, inviting staff and students to give help to the Leicester South Foodbank who support the 1 in 5 of the UK population who live in poverty.

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of the University campus it is no longer possible to collect food donations as planned.  At the same time, South Leicester Foodbank is experiencing a 300% increase in demand.

To support the foodbank at this critical time, RCMG is inviting students and staff to consider ways to support their local foodbank. 

The Activist Museum Award

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester launched the Activist Museum Award in 2019.  

This award is for an individual or group working in/with museums to support the research and development of an activist project that reflects the ideas presented by Robert Janes and Richard Sandell in their recent book, Museum Activism (2019). Museum activism refers to, ‘museum practice, shaped out of ethically-informed values, that is intended to bring about political, social and environmental change.’ 

The Activist Museum Award is the vision of Robert R. Janes in recognition of the pioneering work of Richard Sandell in the field of museums and social justice. It is intended to encourage, inspire and support similarly activist museum work throughout the UK museum community. 

The call for applications has now closed and winners have been announced. The next Activist Museum Award will be launched in 2020.

This award was made possible by a gift from Robert R. Janes.