Dr Nuala Morse

My research focuses on museum work and care, as ethics and practice. Within this I have a particular interest in the role of museums as spaces of social care and in understanding the 'social work' of culture professionals

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Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3975
Email: nuala.morse@leicester.ac.uk

@nualamorse

Personal details

Lecturer in Museum Studies
Programme Director, Museum Studies (Flexible Learning)

Room 008, School of Museum Studies, 19 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RF

 

I am a social geographer and museum studies scholar and my research interests draw together human geography, museums and heritage studies and the medical humanities. I joined the School in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Museum Studies.

My research focuses on museum work and care, as ethics and practice. Within this I have a particular interest in the role of museums as spaces of social care and in understanding the 'social work' of culture professionals. A related aspect of this work explores the links between cultural and museum participation and health, well-being and recovery. Another strand of my current research is focused on theories of change in museums, in particular the role and experiences of museum professionals in enabling change.

I am currently the PI on 'Change-makers in the creative economy: the role of front-line museum professionals in organisational change'. In collaboration with the Museums Association, this project will explore the reach and impact of the MA’s workforce initiative for innovation and diversity: Transformers: Radical Change in Museums. Mercy McCann is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for this project.

I previously held a postdoctoral position at the Unviversity of Manchester and UCL on a project investigating the health and wellbeing benefiits of taking part in museum activities for stroke rehabilitation patients, people living with dementia, and adults mental health service users http://www.healthandculture.org.uk/not-so-grim-up-north/

I am also interested in:

  • Participatory pedagogy and participatory action research
  • Community engagement in museums, heritage and arts practice
  • The distinctive nature of professional museum work, specifically the 'social work' of the museum
  • The co-production of knowledge and exhibits
  • The emotional and therapeutic role of museum spaces and objects in well-being, health and recovery
  • Organisational ethnography as method in Museum Studies
  • Theories of change in museums, in particular professionals' experiences as 'change-makers'
  • Museum geographies

 

Responsibilities & Teaching

I teach across three modules for the MA in Museum Studies, Museums and Change, Engaging Audiences, and Developing Expertise where I lead the Education Specialism.

I am also the Programme Director for Museum Studies Distance Learning Programme.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects on any of the above topics.

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