Academic Dr Viv Golding
Senior Lecturer, Programme Director of Learning and Visitor Studies
+44 (0) 116 252 3975
Viv joined the School of Museum Studies in January 2002 following a varied career in London: organising formal education provision at the Horniman Museum (1992-2002) and art and design courses for further education (1980-1992). Professional liaisons at Horniman included: 'Musical traditions from around the world', with Music Village; 'Emancipation day' and 'Re-writing the Museum' workshops with Goldsmiths College, Caribbean Centre; 'Multi-cultural Musical Traditions', with Trinity College of Music; 'My Africa, Your Africa' with artists; ‘Inspiration Africa’ with the Cloth of Gold arts organisation (DfEE) and 'Horniman Outreach' for local school and community venues. During this time she was also an active visiting lecturer at a number of Universities internationally as well as external examiner for MA Art and Design students at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Viv gained her PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2000. Her thesis ‘New Voices and Visibilities at the Museum Frontiers’ brought together the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans Georg Gadamer with Black women writers including Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde to inform her own liberatory praxis in the ethnographic museum. She is funded to disseminate her research themes internationally.
As Programme Director for Learning and Visitor Studies, Viv is responsible for ensuring the quality and smooth operation of individual MA journeys as well as developing the wider MA community, including the organization of the annual Summer School and with RCMG the annual Winter School. Viv works with all of the staff here in the School and a range of international academics and museum professionals to ensure that our MA students are provided with diverse and stimulating learning opportunities.
Viv was elected President of ICOM-ICME in 2013. She joined the editorial committee of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage in 2013 and the International Board of the Horniman Museum Publications in 2011. She is frequently used as a referee for journals in the fields of museum management, curatorship and museum studies.
As lecturer, Viv contributes sessions on museum communication, learning, text writing and evaluation to the campus-based core curriculum. She also contributes to the distance learning courses, notably Learning and Visitor Studies distance.
Supervised and Examined Projects
Viv is currently supervising six PhD projects and one visiting PhD student project on themes broadly related to learning, multisensory engagement, diversity, communities, creativity, antisexism and anti-racism in museums.
Donna McFarlene Representing Blackness in Museums (Jamaica) 2012
Afshan Heuer The Impact of Travelling Exhibitions (Switzerland) 2013
Laurel Brierly Empathy and Emotional Learning in Museums (USA)
Mette Houlberg Adult Meaning Making in the Art Gallery (Denmark)
Elee Kirk Is it Real? Young Childrens' experience of natural history in museums (UK)
Margarida Melo Museums and Adult Community Learning (Portugal)
Stephania Savva Developing Multiliteracies in Museums (Cyprus)
Anne Hsin-i Yang Museums and Musical Experiences (Taiwan)
In addition Viv co-supervises six PhD projects on disability rights, challenging heteronormativity, and the themes above.
Visiting PhD Supervision
Viv has supervised two visiting PhD scholars: Patrizia Schettino from Italy and Lisbet Morgenson from Denmark
PhD Eternal examinations (selected):
Viv has examined seven PhD thesis for universities in the UK, Europe and Australia, including SOAS, UCL, UEA, Newcastle, Bergen and Sidney.
Bryony Onciel, ‘Unsettling Assumptions about Community Engagement. A New Persepctive on IndigenousBlackfoot Participation in Museums and Heritage Sites in Alberta Canada’, 2011, University of Newcastle
Heng Wu, ‘Museum and Change: Regional Museums in the People’s Republic of China’, 2011, University of Bergen
Yuuki Yoshiara, ‘Art Museums in a Diverse Society: A visitor study at the South African National Gallery’, 2007, SOAS.