Key Publications

Books

Watson, S, Barnes, A and Bunning, K (2018) (eds) A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage. London: Routledge.

Watson, S. (2007) (ed.) Museums and their Communities, London, Routledge.

Knell, S., MacLeod, S. and Watson, S. (2007) (eds) Museum Revolutions, London, Routledge.

Watson, S. and Hunt, J. (1990) Britain and the Two World Wars, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Papers

Watson. S. (2018) 'Emotional engagement in heritage sites and museums: Ghosts of the past and imagination in the present' in  Watson, S, Barnes, A and Bunning, K (2017) (eds) A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage London: Routledge.

Watson, S. (2016) ‘Why do Emotions Matter in Museums and heritage sites?’ In Carla van Boxtel (ed)  Sensitive Pasts: Questioning Heritage in Education, Oxford, New York:  Berghahn Publishers

Watson, S (2016) Death from the skies.’ Photographs in museums of the aerial bombing of civilians during World War Two' in  E. and T. Stylianou (eds) Museums and Photography: Displaying Death: London and New York : Routledge.

Watson S. (2014) 'Communities and museums - equal partners?' in R. Silverman (ed) Museum as Process, London: Routledge.

Watson, S. ( 2013) 'Emotions in the history museum 'in A. Witcomb K. Message (eds) Museum Theory: an expanded field, Oxford, Blackwell.

Knell, S.J. , 2012., Axelsson, B Eilertsen, L. Myrivili, E.  Porciani, I. Sawyer, A. and Watson, S. Crossing Borders: Connecting European Identities in Museums and Online, Linkoping University Press, Linkoping. [Results of Eunamus investigations looking at the language of art, regionalism and online museum-like spaces - available free online]

Watson, S. (2012) 'Museums and the origins of nations in Poulot, D and Bodenstein, F (eds) Grand Narratives of the Past: Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: 545-565 University of Linköping- available free online

Watson, S.. Kirk, R., and Steward, J. (2012) ‘Arsenic, wells and herring curing:  Making new meanings in an old fish factory’  in MacLeod, S  et al. (ed) Museum Making, London, Routledge

Watson, S. and Sawyer, A. ( 2011) National Museums in Britain, in Aronsson, Peter ; Elgenius, Gabriella (eds) Building National Museums in Europe 1750 - 2010, Conference proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity, Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Bologna 28 - 30 April 2011, EuNaMus report no. 1, University of Linköping.

Watson, S. and Sawyer, A. (2011)  National Museums in Wales, in Aronsson, Peter ; Elgenius, Gabriella (eds) Building National Museums in Europe 1750 - 2010, Conference proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity, Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Bologna 28 - 30 April 2011, EuNaMus report no. 1, University of Linköping.

Watson S. (2011) National Museums in Scotland, in Aronsson, Peter ; Elgenius, Gabriella (eds) Building National Museums in Europe 1750 - 2010, Conference proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity, Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, Bologna 28 - 30 April 2011, EuNaMus report no. 1, University of Linköping.

Watson, S. (2011) ‘Why can’t we dig like they do on Time Team?’ The meaning of the past within working class communities’ International Journal of Heritage Studies 17 (4) 364 -379

Watson, S (2010) 'Myth Memory and the senses in the Churchill Museum,' in S Dudley (ed) Museum Materialities: objects, engagements, interpretations, Routledge, London and New York, 204 - 223,

Dodd, J., Jones, C and Watson, S. (2007) Engage, Learn, Achieve: The Impact of Museum Visits on the Attainment of Secondary School Pupils in the East of England 2006 - 2007. RCMG, University of Leicester.

Watson, S. (2007) ‘History museums, community identities and a sense of place: rewriting histories’ in Simon Knell, Susanne MacLeod, Sheila Watson (eds) Museum Revolutions, Routledge, 160 - 172.

Watson, S. (2007) 'Museums and their communities' in Watson, S. 2007 (ed) Museums and their Communities, London, Routledge, 1 - 23.

Watson, S. (2006) ‘ England expects:’ Nelson as a symbol of local and national identity within the Museum,’ Museum and Society, November 2006. 4 (3) 129 – 151.

Reveiws

Watson, S. (2015) Exhibiting Europe in Museums: Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives and Representations (pages 61–62); Museum Anthropology: Vol 38:  Issue 1.

Other publications (selected)

Watson, S. (1999.) ‘Using Focus Group Work’, Social History Curators’ Group Newsletter, issue 44, Spring 1999, pp 6- 9

Watson, S. (2000) ‘The Great Yarmouth Experience’, Society of Museum Archaeologists Conference Proceedings – Southampton, 1998.

Selected conference papers: invited speaker

Selected onferences at which I presented papers include:-

December 2014 Lecture Emotional engagement in heritage sites: We think therefore we feel Association of Critical Heritage Conference, National University of Australia, Canberra.

November 2014 Lecture 'Migration in European Museums' and roundtable conference participant at Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Faculty of Arts & Education, Melbourne Australia.

June 2013 'Feeling the past: emotions, learning and history in the museum' Tangible Pasts? Questioning Heritage Education, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

December 2012 ''The National Museum of Scotland and the rise of nationalism'   The Cultural Force of National Museums, Central European University Budapest

Selected other conferences.

September 2004 'Curating Imprisonment' delivered to the Renaissance Imprisonment

Conference at the Tower of London sponsored by the Society for Renaissance Studies

November 2004 ‘Museums and Social Inclusion: managing consultation with specific target groups: a British Case study’ for German Museums Management Group Annual Conference in Hamburg.  Paper published Watson, S ‘Museums and social inclusion: Managing consultation with specific target groups: A British case study in ed. Dryer M and Wiese R.   Zielgruppen von Museen: Mit Erfolg erkennen, ansprechen und binden, Hamburg, 2004, 85 – 97   in conference proceedings for German Museums Management Group

December 2005. Lithouses Conference Newstead Abbey, ‘Understanding Nelson’,

April December 2005. Lithouses Conference Newstead Abbey, ‘Understanding Nelson’, 2006 ‘History Museums, Community Identities and a Sense of Place’ in The Museum : A World Forum, University of Leicester

2006  ‘Consulting with the community, making museums inclusive, presented to Museums and Galleries in the 21sr Century lecture series, Fitzwilliam Museum and McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

15 November 2006 Lent Lectures for the History of Art, University of Cambridge, 'Intrinsic worth v/s instrumentalism' Community work, museums and galleries.’ 20 February 2007

October 2008 : I was an ‘invited speaker’ at the Second International Conference Museums of Mexico and the World, Bogota, Colombia. This is the premier conference on museums in South America. My visit was sponsored by the British Council. My paper is being published in the conference proceedings.

August 2009 I was an invited participant in the colloquium at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, on the future of the history museum funded by the 1772 Foundation. I presented a paper there on’ Instrumentalism in history museums – can it be justified and does it work?’

November 2009 Invited participant in the joint School of Museum Studies and the Horniman Museum conference: Museum Curators and Communities:  Embedded Approaches to Participation, Collaboration, Inclusion. I presented paper on ‘Community archaeology.’

In February 2010 I was invited to present a paper to the ‘History of national museums’ conference at the National Museum of Sweden in Stockholm. In a two day conference I was asked to present the opening paper on the relationship between British identity and the National Museums in the UK. In February 2010 at the University of Michigan I presented a paper and led a seminar for postgraduate students.

In April 2010 the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) invited me to participate in the Fourth Heritage Symposium, scheduled from March 29 to April 1, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, under the title of “Heritage & Education: Future Vision”. There I presented a paper and also participated in various colloquia.

In June/July 2011 I presented a paper on historical narratives in national museums in Europe, focussing on the theme of origins for the workshop 'Great Historical Narratives in European Museums (1750 - 2010): Building Nations, Looking across Borders and Remembering the Past' at the Universite Paris 1.

December 2012 I was invited to give a paper on Scottish national museums in the conference National Museums in a Changing Europe,, Budapest.

June 2013 I was invited to give a paper on emotions and histories for a conference Tangible Pasts in the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Other events

Invited participant in Valuing the Historic Environment colloquium, University of Leicester, and University of Newcastle upon Tyne 2007

Invited participant in Identity, Britishness, Collections, and Museums Seminar, London, June 2008., convened by MLA.

Invited participant in the 1807 Commemorated Conference surrounding the marking of bicentenary of the abolition of the British Atlantic slave trade, University of York, September 2008

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