PhD and MPhil Students
Current postgraduate research students are working on topics as diverse as:
- Exhibitions as a medium of communication
- Contemporary practices of curating
- The display of Medieval Decorative Arts in 19th century museums and exhibitions
- The materialisation of literary heritage and biography in the house museums of the Romantic poets.
- Displaying Dress: New Models for Historical Collections (AHRC Collaborative Doctorate with Manchester City Galleries)
- The Western Front as a Ritual Landscape
- Visitor Practices at Historic Sites of Conscience
- The development of education policy and practice in contemporary Greek museums
- Surrealism and Buddhism
- Online curatorship of museum collections
Completed MPhil and PhDs
Emma Poulter (completed in 2008)
My doctoral research is based on the West African collections at the Manchester Museum, examining the biographies of objects in these collections in order to investigate the processes which enabled them to become dislocated from West Africa and situated in Manchester. I am particularly interested in unravelling object connections to institutions and individuals as well as to histories of trade, industry and colonialism.
I trained as an archaeologist at Southampton University (1997-2000) where I developed an interest in representation, identity and object biographies. This developed during my Masters in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester (2002-2004) where I became particularly interested in the representation of non-western objects in the museum environment. I have worked at several institutions including the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and Manchester Art Gallery.
- Connecting Histories: Gelede masks at the Manchester Museum Conference Proceedings, Material Culture, Identities and Inclusion Conference, University of Leicester, forthcoming 2007.
- Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery research report. 2006. Unpublished report, Manchester Revealing Histories Consortium.