Dr Ross Parry

Dr Ross ParryAssociate Professor,
Programme Director (Museum Studies)

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I teach right across the School's programmes, particularly in the areas of information management, digitisation, web, mobile and in-gallery interactivity. Much of this teaching attempts to historicise and theorise the development and implementation of digital media in the museum and culture sector. On the campus-based programmes I co-teach an option called 'Digital Media and Curatorship', and was also part of the team that designed the School's distance learning programme in Digital Heritage - then the country's first Masters degree programme in this subject area.

I am currently supervising six PhD students, investigating: museums, pop music culture and the web (Kathleen Pirrie Adams); methods to measures the impact of museums in social media (Elena Villaespesa); the evolution of design of in-gallery digital media for children (Amy Hetherington); the history of collecting computer-based technology at the Smithsonian Institution (Petrina Foti); the impact of convergent media on digital production in museums (Peter Annhernu; and models for cultivating innovation with digital media in museums (Haitham Eid). Previously, I have supervised PhDs on: the use of mobile media for curating everyday life (Dr Kostas Arvanitis); the use of podcasting in museums (Dr Lena Maculan); museums' display of sacred and devotional objects online (Dr Alex Whitfield); and the sustainability of public-facing digital resources in museums (Jeremy Ottevanger).

Outside the School, I have recently been external examiner for University of Ulster's postgraduate programmes in Museum Practice and Management. In recent years I have also acted as external examiner for the Institute of Education, University of London (2006-2009), and the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle (2007-2010), and have examined PhDs for the University of South Australia (2003), the University of Melbourne (2005), the University of Central England (2007), and the University of Loughborough (2008). I have also been external advisor for the New Course Validation Panel for the University of Westminster (2006 and 2008).

I currently sit on the national JISC Content Advisory Group, and am a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the research project ‘Learning 2.0’ managed by DREAM (the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) at the University of Southern Denmark. I am a member of the peer review college for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and continue to act as a peer-reviewer for a number of grant-awarding bodies, including: the ESRC/EPSRC cross-Council Technology Enhanced Learning Programme (TEL); the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the European Science Foundation (Humanities).

Career History

With a background in Renaissance studies, and having worked for a firm of architects and the BBC World Service, I was awarded a university doctoral award in 1994 with the University of Southampton's Department of History and Digital Libraries Research Centre - now the CDLR, part of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group (IAM). During this time I taught within the Department of History and School for Research and Graduate Studies respectively - exploring the connections (in my teaching as in my research) between new media technologies and the humanities. I joined the School of Museum Studies at Leicester in 1998.

From 2004 to 2010 I co-convened the annual 'UK Museums on the Web' (UKMW) conferences. In 2005 I was made a HIRF Innovations Fellow for my work on developing in-gallery digital media, From 2007-09 I served as chair of judges for the national Jodi Awards – recognising excellence within the heritage sector in the use of digital media for improving the experiences of disabled visitors. From 2008 to 2011 I was elected chair of the Museums Computer Group – the national curators group that has shared best practice in the museum computing in the UK for over 25 years.  From 2008-09 I was co-editor (Digital Heritage) for the international journal Museum Management and Curatorship. I have also served on the International Program Committee (peer review) for Museums and the Web 2007 (San Francisco, US); Museums and the Web 2008 (Montreal, Canada); and Museums and the Web 2009 (Indianapolis, US). In 2009 I was made a Tate Research Fellow, and in 2012 became Chair of Trustees for the Jodi Mattes Trust - for accessible digital culture.

Research Interests


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