Professor Ross Parry

Ross Parry is Deputy Head of School and Professor of Museum Technology in the School of Museum Studies, at the University of Leicester (UK). He leads the international research consortium ('One by One'), is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Board member for Attenborough Arts, and Trustee of the Jodi Mattes Trust.

Photograph of Dr Ross Parry

Deputy Head of School
& Professor of Museum Technology

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3964

Personal details

My teaching attempts to historicise and theorise the development and implementation of digital technology in the museum and culture sector. I teach across the School's programmes, particularly in the areas of:

  • digital transformation and change
  • accessible/universal digital design
  • digital activism
  • web and social media
  • information management
  • in-gallery interactivity
  • models, replicas and simulations
I am currently Deputy Head of the School of Museum Studies. Prior to this I was:
  • (2020) Director (Interim), Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies
  • (2016-2019) Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital)
  • (2018) appointed Professor of Museum Technology
  • (2015-2016) Academic Director, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
  • (2014-2016) Institutional lead on the 'Pathways' project, implementing a new flexible undergraduate offer
  • (2014-2016) Institutional lead on the university's development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • (2013-2015) Academic Director, College of Arts, Humanities and Law
  • (2010-2013) Academic Director, School of Museum Studies
  • (2008) appointed Senior Lecturer, School of Museum Studies
  • (1998) appointed Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies

Originally my background was in Renaissance studies. 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 - which became the CDLR, part of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group (IAM).

Honorary positions and fellowship
have included:

I have had several Advisory Board roles:

  • (2018 to 2019) member of the national JISC Horizons Group
  • (2011-2015) 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
  • (2012-2014) member of the national JISC Content Advisory Group
I have been external examiner for:
  • the University of Ulster's postgraduate programmes in Museum Practice and Management (2012-2016)
  • the Institute of Education, University of London (2006-2009)
  • the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle (2007-2010)

I have also served as external examiner on PhDs for:
  • University of Leeds (2021)
  • University of Manchester (2021)
  • De Montfort University (2021)
  • University of Westminster (2020)
  • University of Amsterdam (2020)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2019)
  • Kings College London (2017, 2018)
  • UCL (2017, 2014)
  • Goldsmiths, University of London (2015)
  • University Copenhagen (2015)
  • IT University of Copenhagen (2014)
  • University of Birmingham (2014)
  • University of Loughborough (2008)
  • University of Central England (2007)
  • University of Melbourne (2005)
  • University of South Australia (2003)

I continue to act as a peer-reviewer for a number of grant-awarding bodies, including:

  • the Arts and Humanities Research: Assessment Panel 'Towards a National Collection - Foundational Collaborative Projects' Call (2019); Council Peer Review College member (2009-2017), as a member of the: Commons Oversight Group (2016); Research Grants Panel (2016); Review Panel AHRC Image Gallery Call (2014); Moderating Panel AHRC Block Grant Partnerships (2013); Collaborative Doctoral Awards Panel (2011); Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Panel (2011); Peer Review College (since 2009).
  • 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)

Other professional roles have included:

  • 2013 to present: Chair of Trustees for the Jodi Mattes Trust - for accessible digital culture; trustee since 2009.
  • 2014-2016: Academic Advisory committee member, Tate Papers.
  • 2008-2011: elected national Chair of the Museums Computer Group.
  • 2008-09: co-editor (Digital Heritage) for the international journal Museum Management and Curatorship
  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010: co-convenor of the 'UK Museums on the Web' (UKMW) conference
  • 2003, 2005, 2006 and (as chair of judges) 2007, 2008, judge on the international ‘Jodi Awards’ - recognising excellence within the heritage sector internationally in the use of digital media for improving the experiences of disabled visitors
  • I have also served on the International Program Committee (peer review) for:
    • MDC 2018 (Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research) (London, UK)
    • Museums and the Web 2009 (Indianapolis, US)
    • Museums and the Web 2008 (Montreal, Canada)
    • Museums and the Web 2007 (San Francisco, US)
I have been recognised for my teaching and leadership:



Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry and Kim Schrøder, (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication (Routledge, 2019).

Ross Parry, Ruth Page and Alex Moseley (eds), Museum Thresholds: the Design and Media of Arrival (Routledge, 2018).

Ross Parry (ed.) Museums in a Digital Age. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies (Abingdon and New York: Routledge: 2010).

Ross Parry, Re-coding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change (Routledge, 2007)

Chapters in edited volumes

Ross Parry, ‘How Museums Made (and Re-Made) Their Digital User’, in T. Giannini & J.P. Bowen (eds.), Museums and Digital Culture, Springer Series on Cultural Computing (Springer: 2019), pp. 275-293.

Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry and Kim Schrøder, 'Media, Mediatization and Museums: A New Ensemble', in Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry and Kim Schrøder, (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication (Routledge, 2019).

Ross Parry, Ruth Page & Alex Moseley, 'On a New Threshold', in Ross Parry, Ruth Page and Alex Moseley (eds) Museum Thresholds: the Design and Media of Arrival (Routledge, 2018), pp. 1-9.

Ross Parry, 'Digital Heritage: Agora and Agility' in Eugene Ch’ng, Vincent Gaffney and Henry Chapman (eds) Visual Heritage in the Digital Age, Spring Series on Cultural Computing (London: Springer-Verlag, 2013), pp. v-vii.

Ross Parry, ‘The Trusted Artifice: Reconnecting with the Museum’s Fictive Tradition Online’, in Kirsten Drotner and Kim Christian Schrøder (eds) Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum (New York and Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2013), pp. 17-32.

Ross Parry, ‘Transfer Protocols:  Museum Codes and Ethics in the New Digital Environment’, in Janet Marstine (ed.) Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum (Routledge: 2011), pp. 316-331.

Ross Parry, 'The practice of digital heritage and the heritage of digital practice', in Ross Parry (ed.) Museums in a Digital Age. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies (Abingdon and New York: Routledge: 2010), pp. 1-7.

Ross Parry, ‘The future in our hands? Putting the potential of digital handhelds into practice’, in 'Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media', ed. by Loic Tallon and Kevin Walker (Alta Mira, 2008) 179-193.

Ross Parry and Nadia Arbach, ‘Localised, Personalised and Constructivist: A Space for On-Line Museum Learning’, in Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, ed. by Kenderdine, S. and Cameron, F. (MIT Press, 2006), pp. 281-98.

Ross Parry and Andrew Sawyer, ‘‘Space and the machine: adaptive museums, pervasive technology and the new gallery environment’’, in Reshaping museum space: architecture, design, exhibitions, ed. by Suzanne MacLeod, (Routledge: 2005).

Ross Parry, ‘The language of digital heritage: a new critical discourse for museums and technology’, Museums and Technology (Tainan National College of the Arts, 2004), pp. 243-278.

Frank Colson, Jean Colson, Ross Parry and Andrew Sawyer, 'Cutting off the king's head: images and the (dis)location of power', in History and Images: Towards a New Iconology, ed. by Axel Bolvig and Philip Lindley (Brepol: 2003), pp. 187-207.

Ross Parry, 'Including Technology', in Including Museums: Perspectives on Museums, Galleries and Social Inclusion, ed. by Jocelyn Dodd and Richard Sandell (Leicester: RCMG, 2001), pp. 110-114.

Journal articles

Carolyn Royston & Ross Parry (2019), 'Building a framework: The museum sector needs to rethink digital skills - from the ground up', Museum, vol. 98, issue 1, 34-39.

Ross Parry, 'The End of the Beginning: Normativity in the Postdigital Museum', Museum Worlds, vol. 1 (2013), 24-39.

Ross Parry & Paul Marty, 'Introduction to Digital Heritage', Museum Management and Curatorship, vol.  23, no. 4 (December 2008), 307-308.

Ross Parry, ‘Digital Heritage and the rise of theory in museum computing’, Museum Management and Curatorship, vol. 20, no. 4 (December 2005), 333-348.

Ross Parry & John Hopwood, ‘Virtual Reality and the soft museum’, Journal of Museum Ethnography, no. 16 (2004)

Ross Parry, 'Virtuality, Liminality and the Space of the Museum', in Clicks and Mortar: Building Cultural Spaces for the 21st Century, MDA Information, vol. 5, no. 5 (Cambridge: MDA, April 2002), pp. 67-70

Ross Parry, ‘Overcoming the Shock of the New: Changing the Agenda for Digital Learning’, Biology Curator, 20 (August 2001), pp. 20-4

Ross Parry, ' "See the Revolution of the Times": Initiatives Won and Lost in the Age of Digital Collections', in Beyond the Museum, MDA Annual Report (Cambridge: MDA, 2001), pp. 6-7.

Alicia Colson & Ross Parry, 'Shifting perspectives: method, media and the complex image', History and Computing, vol. 10, ed. by K. Schürer and M. Wollard (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp. 100-108.


Ross Parry & Peter Leonard, 'UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship n Cultural Institutions', Workshop Report and Recommendations, 18-19th September 2019, Washington DC (UKRI AHRC: 2019)

Sejul Malde, Anra Kennedy & Ross Parry, 'Understanding the Digital Skills & Literacies of UK Museum People'. Phase Two Report, One by One(Leicester: University of Leicester, 2019).

Ross Parry, 'Socially Purposeful Digital Skills', in Connecting Digital Practice with Social Purpose: Let's Get Real 6. Report from the sixth Culture24 Action Research Project (Culture24, December 2018), pp. 34-35.

Ross Parry, ‘The Jodi Awards as a prism of accessible digital culture’, in E-Accessible Culture, G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies) Business Case White Paper Series (G3ict, June 2018).

Sally-Anne Barnes, Erika Kispeter, Doris Eikhof & Ross Parry, ‘Mapping the Museum Digital Skills Ecosystem’. Phase One Report, One by One (Leicester: University of Leicester, 2018).

Richard Clary, Johannah Latchem, Ross Parry and Lara Ratnaraja, 'CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix) Report', University of Birmingham, 2015.

Ross Parry and Amy Jane Barnes, 'The Art Museum and its Future: Proposed research strands, projects and intellectual framework', Consultative Report submitted to Tate Research Centre, London, July 2010.

Ross Parry and Anna Crusciel, 'How effective is the use of interpretive media for cross-generational groups within the new Space Now gallery?', Final Report, submitted to National Space Centre, Leicester, May 2008.

Published proceedings

Parry, Ross, Foti, Petrina and Natale, Simone. "When Digital Becomes the Object: Developing Computing Histories in Museums." MW21: MW 2021. Published February 1, 2021.

Parry, Ross, Eikhof, Doris Ruth, Barnes, Sally-Anne and Kispeter, Erika. "Development, supply, deployment, demand: Balancing the museum digital skills ecosystem. First findings of the ‘One by One’ national digital literacy project." MW18: Museums and the Web 2018. Published January 31, 2018.

Parry, Ross, Alex Moseley, Nichola Gretton, Rachel Tunstall and Matthew Mobbs. 'Why MOOCs matter: The consequence of massive open online courses for museums, universities, and their publics.' MW2016: Museums and the Web 2016. Published February 1, 2016.

Ross Parry, Alex Moseley and Erik Kristiansen, 'On A New Threshold: Experiments In Gaming, Retail And Performance Design To Shape Museum Entrances'. In Museums and the Web 2014, N. Proctor & R. Cherry (eds). Silver Spring, MD: Museums and the Web. Published April 2, 2014.

Alex Moseley, Ruth Page and Ross Parry, 'The Creative Charette: Enabling Collaboration in the AHRC Research Network, Transforming Threshold', in online conference proceedings, The Knowledge Exchange, An Interactive Conference 26th and 27th September 2013, Lancaster University.

Ross Parry, Audience Development in Museums and Cultural Sites in Difficult Times, Proceedings of the Symposium held on 5 November 2009 at the National Gallery of Ireland, Series No. 8 (Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland, 2010), pp. 25-31.

Ross Parry, ‘New technologies as a means of dissemination: overcoming a history of incompatibility’ in 14 Jornadas Estatales DEAC Museos (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, 2008), pp. 58-81.

Ross Parry, Nick Poole and Jon Pratty, ‘Semantic dissonance: do we need (and do we understand) the Semantic Web?’, in J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds.). Museums and the Web 2008: Proceedings (Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, 2008).

Ross Parry, Mayra Ortiz-Williams and Andrew Sawyer (2007) ‘How shall we label our exhibit today? Applying the principles of on-line publishing to an on-site exhibition’ in J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds) Museums and the Web 2007: Proceedings, Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics.

Ross Parry and Nadia Arbach,‘The Localised Learner: Acknowledging Distance and Situatedness in On-Line Museum Learning’, Museums and the Web 2005: Selected Papers from an International Conference, ed. by Jennifer Trant and David Bearman (Toronto: Archives and Museum Informatics, 2005), pp. 67-75.

Ross Parry, 'The Careful Watchman: James I, Didacticism and the Perspectival Organisation of Space', in Disziplinierung im Alltag des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, ed. by Gerhard Jaritz (Vienna, Der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1999), pp.275-297.

Keynote addresses and conference papers

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'Building a Digital Commons: Museums, open collaboration and the goal of societal impact', presented online to Vores museums afslutningskonference, Copenhagen (Denmark), 12 May 2021.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry & Vince Dziekan, 'Critical Digital: Museums and their Postdigital Circumstance', presented online to Art Museums & Digital Cultures International Conference, Lisbon (Portugal), 22 April 2021.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'Our Digital Maturity: Why Now is the Time for Empathy, Equity and Community in Museum Technology', presented online to El I Congreso Internacional de Museos y Estrategias Digitales (CIMED21), Valencia (Spain), 25 March 2021.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'The Role of the Digital Turn in Museums’ Turn to Digital', presented online to 'The Art Museum in the Digital Age – 2021' The Belvedere, Vienna (Austria), 11 January 2021.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, 'The Emotional Turn in Museum Technology', presented online to All Shook Up: SHARE Festival 2020: SHED Talks, 19 November 2020.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, '‘Why it’s time to lead Digital Change in Museums – with Empathy and Equity’, presented online to 'Connecting Culture 2020', Experience UK conference, 10 September 2020.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, '‘Building Digitally Confident Museums’, presented at the National Taiwan Science Education Center, Taipei (Taiwan), 13 January 2020.

[Peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry, 'Competencies, Capabilities And Literacies: Building The Conditions For Museum Digital Skills To Thrive', paper presented to MCN 2019, San Diego (US), 8 November 2019.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'Respond, Partner, Embed, Create, Invest: Assembling effective tools for large-scale and impactful museological research. An anatomy of the ‘One by One’ national research initiative', presented to “Interaction, Integration and Flow: Researching the Museum in the Global Contemporary', Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an City (China), 16 September 2019.

[Invited paper] Ross Parry, 'From ‘Museum’, to ‘Digital Museum’, to ‘Postdigital Museum'', public lecture, Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an City (China) 16 September 2019.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'Building Digitally Confident Museums', paper presented to Multiculture, Transformation and Openness: Museums in the Age of Globalization and Digitalization', organised by the Regional  Museums  Committee  of  Chinese  Museums  Association  and Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an City (China), 27 August 2019.

[Peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry, 'Being Digitally Purposeful', presented to The Museum Innovation Forum: Building More Equitable, Relevant and Impactful Museums, New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans, 18 May 2019.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, 'A postdigital history of museum replicas: reclaiming the imitative, the illusory and the uncanny', presented to Museum: a culture of digital copies, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 15 November 2018.

[invited paper] Sally-Anne Barnes & Ross Parry, 'Mapping the digital skills and expertise in museums: the One by One project', presented to 'The Digital Strategy in Museums: Developing a global digital approach within an institution: Why? How?', Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris, 5 October 2018.

[peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry, 'From ‘operator’ to ‘actant’: how museums made (and re-made) their digital user', presented to 'Researching Digital Cultural Heritage - International Conference', Manchester, 30 November 2017

[peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry, 'Building the digital literacies of the museum workforce', presented to Museums+Tech conference 2017: Museums and tech in a divided world, Imperial War Museum London, 3 November 2017.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, 'From ‘operator’ to ‘actant’: how museums made (and re-made) their digital user', presented to 'Museum 2017: New Technology in Museums', Chinese Association of Museums, Taipei City, Taiwan, 26 October 2017.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, '‘Digital literacy and the postdigital museum: introducing the ‘One by One’ project’, presented to 'Coded Communication: Digital Senses and Aesthetics, Merging Art and Life', EVA London, British Computer Society, 10 July 2017.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, '‘The Jodi Awards as a prism of accessible digital culture’, presented to 'E-Accessible Culture', the 11th European e-Accessibility Forum, Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris, 19 June 2017.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Being Digitally Purposeful’, presented to Enlightenment and Experience: Conflict or Compatibility? ‘Our Museum’ Summit, Copenhagen, 17 May 2017.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Understanding the accessible museum through the prism of digital design’, presented to Access All Areas – Improving access to digital content for disabled people, Oxford University Museums Partnership, 14 September 2016.

[peer-reviewed panel session] Ross Parry, Carolyn Royston, Dafydd James, Jane Finnis and Vince Dziekan, ‘It’s All in the Confidence: Co-designing the Future of Museum Digital Literacy’, presented at Museums and the Web 2016, Los Angeles, US, April 2016.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Museum Realities: a postdigital perspective on heritage, artifice and illusion’, presented to ‘Museums in the Digital World’, ICOM Austria Seminar, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, November 2015.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Digital Heritage: a maquette of the new academy’, presented to ‘Digital Humanities’, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. September 2015.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Prospecting the future of digital collaboration’, presented to ‘Museum Communication: Practices and Perspectives’, Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen, Denmark. August 2015.

[peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry, Richard Clay, Lara Ratnaraja and Johanna Latchem, ‘Building the Triple Helix: the value of brokered digital collaborations’, Museums and the Web 2015, Chicago, US. April 2015

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The Postdigital Museum’, Bard Graduate Center, New York, US. January 2015.

[peer-reviewed paper] Ross Parry] ‘Working in the Postdigital Museum’, presented to ‘Museum 2015: The agile museum', Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. January 2015

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Digital Equality’, presented to ‘Museums Association Conference, Liverpool, UK. October 2014

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘The Postdigital Museum’, presented to ‘UK Museums on the Web 2014’, Museums Computer Group national Conference, Natural History Museum, London, UK. November 2014.

[invited paper] Ross Parry and Alex Moseley, 'Beyond the Digital Guide: cultural objects, gallery spaces and mobile devices', presented to 'Making Cultural Heritage Mobile: Challenges and Possibilities', University of Cambridge, 29 November 2013.

[panellist] Ross Parry, Tomorrow’s World: Digital democracy’ session at UK Museums Association annual conference, Liverpool. November 2013.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The Postdigital Museum’, presented at ‘MUSEUM@DIGIT: International Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage’, Hungarian National Museum National Centre of Museological Methodology and Information, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest. June 2013.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, '"The Postdigital Museum', presented to 'The Infrastructures of Contemporary Digital Culture' workshop, Open University, Camden, London. June 2013.

[invited keynote] 'The end of the beginning: museums and the naturalisation of digital media', presented to The Transformative Museum, international conference, University of Roskilde, Denmark, 25 May 2012.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Embedded, augmented and naturalised: the practice and study of digital heritage’, Symposium on Information and Media in Museums, Japanese Museological Association, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Osaka, Japan, 20 November 2011.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Museums and Makebelieve: reclaiming the illusory within heritage’, School of Education, University of Oxford, 25 May 2011.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The changing role of the museum in a digital age’, The Gallo-Roman Museum, Tongeren, Belgium, 22 November 2010.

[invited keynote], Ross Parry, presented to ‘Museums in a Digital Culture’, FARO (the Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage) and the Flemish Department of Culture, Sports, Media and Youth, Brussels, 21 May 2010

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Digital Heritage: designing the personal, programme and public channels of a new degree’, presented to DICE, School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 16 April 2010.

[conference panel] Ross Parry, ‘Teaching ethics’, AAM Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 23 May 2010.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Closing Keynote’ presented to ‘Digital Strategies for Heritage: DISH 2009’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10 December 2009.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘The museum as adaptive medium: evolution and the new digital ecology, presented to ‘Learning 2.0: digital literacies and innovation’, National Gallery of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, 27 January 2009.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘The museum reprogrammed: how computing became the metonym (rather than the antonym) of the modern museum’, presented to Fiamp 2008, Université  du  Québec  en  Outaouais, Gatineau, Canada, 16 October 2008.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Keynote: Interactive Future’, presented to Senses Working Overtime: Optimising Interactive Exhibits, Museums Association, Churchill Museum, London, 31 March 2008.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The Internet and Audience Development as a serious challenge for museums in the 21st century’, presented to ‘Audience Development in Museums and Cultural Sites in Difficult Times, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 5 November 2009.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The challenge and opportunities of the digital era for museums’, presented to ‘Towards Inclusive Museum - creating new management culture. Riga, Latvia, 18 September 2009.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘New media and the museum’, presented to ‘Resolutely Analogue: Art Museums in Digital Culture’ , Tate Britain, London, 4 March 2009.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘'Digital Heritage': the framing and delivery of a new subject area’, paper presented to Technologies for Cultural Heritage: Leonardo and Beyond, University of Oxford, Oxford, 1 October 2008.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘LIVE!Labels and the paradox and paragon of the visitor-curator’ presented to What do WE-THINK? Engage Scotland Conference 2008, Tramway, Glasgow, 11 September 2008.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Museum 3.0: re-connecting with audiences on the new and emerging Web’, Museums and Heritage Show, London, 7 May 2008.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Resolving the museum/computer disconnect’, presented to the Centre for Museology research seminar, University of Manchester, Manchester Museum, Manchester, 30 April 2008.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘New technologies as a means for sharing what museums offer’, presented to the XIVth National Congress of Educational and Cultural Action Departments, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 10 November 2006.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘The influence of digital media on the way museums manage information and construct knowledge’, presented to EITEC 2006, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 20 October 2006.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Museums and IT: overcoming a history of incompatibility’, presented to AMOT Annual Conference, Royal United Services Institute Whitehall, London, 3 October 2006.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Museums as narrative’, presented to the NLab (Narrative Laboratory) workshop, Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, 29 June 2006.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘'Museum/Computer: a history of incompatibility?', guest lecture presented at the Departamento de Ciências e Técnicas do Património, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, 5 March 2006.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘Where are you learning today? How museums and galleries are localising their online learners’, presented to Pushing the boundaries: setting the e-learning research agenda, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester, 10 January 2006.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The problem of the “virtual museum”’, presented to Museums and Galleries in the 21st Century lecture series, Fitzwilliam Museum and McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 24 November 2005.

[invited paper] Ross Parry and Mike Gogan, ‘'Visualising early modern space: a role for spatial theory and digital media', presented to ‘Thinking space in early modern England’, University of Warwick, 5 March 2005.

[invited paper] Ross Parry, ‘The language of digital heritage: a new critical discourse for museums and technology’, presented to ‘Museums and Technology: an international conference on the application of new technology in museums’, Graduate Institution of Museology, Tainan National College of the Arts, Taiwan, November 2004.

[invited keynote] Ross Parry, ‘Digital heritage and the cultural turn in museum computing’ presented to ‘Technology for cultural heritage: management, education, communication’, 2nd International Conference of Museology, University of the Aegean, 28 June 2004.

Ross Parry, ‘'Working with e-tangibles: new objects and new media', presented to Why digitise? Digitisation in museums, libraries and archives, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, 26th November 2003

Ross Parry, ‘Communities of practice, space and the organisation of knowledge: the use of three-dimensional visualisation within the Mirror project’, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 15 May 2002.

Ross Parry, 'The Real Thing: Visuality, Virtuality, Reality', presented to 'Moving Clio into the New Millennium: Interaction, Digitisation and Collaboration', American Association of History and Computing Annual Conference, Indianapolis, USA, 1 February 2001.

Ross Parry, ‘Pictures with light and motion’: Spatialising the narratives of the English court masque', as part of a panel entitled "Primacy to the event? The new technologies and the narrative mode," presented to the American History Association, Boston, USA, 5 January 2001.

Ross Parry, ' "Wisdome was built a House": The Early Stuart Court Entertainments and the Construction of Knowledge', Department of English, Goldsmiths College London, 25 October 2000.

Ross Parry, 'Virtuality, Liminality and the Space of the Museum', Clicks and Mortar: Building Cultural Spaces for the 21st Century, Museum Documentation Association Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, September 2000.

Ross Parry, 'Spatialising the Masque with New Technology', Animated Porcelain: Rethinking the Early Stuart Masque, University of Keele, 3 June 2000.

Ross Parry, ''Laws to all their motions': Movement and Space at the Court of the Early Stuarts', The Early Modern Seminar, University of Cambridge, March 1998.

Ross Parry, ''The King's the Eye!': Reconstructing the Acuity of James I", XI International Association of History and Computing Conference, Data Modelling, Modelling History, Moscow, 1996.

Other events

Chair and speaker, 'Translation and Culture', panel session at Translation as Performance, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 23 February 2019.

Chair, 'The Post Digital', panel session at 'Digital Dimensions', the University Museums Group Conference 2014, Bristol. June 2014.

Facilitator, 'The Border-Crossing Museum / Museums Across Borders', International Seminar on Museum Mediation, organised by The Association of Danish Museums, Horsens, March 2013.

Panellist, 'Museums in the Information Age: evolution or extinction?', LEx Live Debate, Science Museum, London. November 2012.

Convenor and chair, 'Disciplinarity: the history and future of academic disciplines', symposium, University of Leicester, 20 April 2012.

Co-convenor and chair, 'Doing more with less: rising to the digital challenge in difficult times', UK Museums on the Web’ Conference 2010, Museum of London, 26 November 2010.

Co-convenor and chair, ‘The Everyday Web: situated, sensory, social’, UK Museums on the Web Conference 2009, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2 December 2009.

Co-convenor and chair, ‘Integrate, Federate, Aggregate: making collections connect online’, UK Museums on the Web Conference 2008, University of Leicester, 19 June 2008.

Co-convenor and chair, ‘Web Adept’, UK Museums on the Web Conference 2007, University of Leicester, 22 June 2007

Co-convenor and chair (with Museums Association), ‘Fast forward: building a sustainable new media future for UK museums’, a one-day Museums Association conference, London, 29 September 2006

Co-convenor, 'User Specified', the UK Museums on the Web conference 2006, University of Leicester, 6 July 2006

Co-convenor, 'The digital object: visualisation, interpretation and sustainability', the UK Museums and the Web Conference 2005, University of Leicester, 21 April 2005.

Convenor and chair, 'Training in new media', panel session at 'Valuing Practice', mda conference, Durham, 24 September 2004.

Convenor and chair, 'Curating captivity: imprisonment and the museum' panel session at 'Renaissance Imprisonment', New Armouries Building, HM Tower of London, 3 September 2004.

Convenor, Web enabled: museums, online access and ability, the UK Museums and the Web Conference 2004, University of Leicester, 22 April 2004.

Chair, ‘Facilitating learning: concepts and theories’, Common Threads, mda conference, Birmingham, 4 September 2002.

Convenor and Chair, ‘Spring School in New Media’, University of Leicester, 5-7 March 2002; 29 April – 1 May 2003; 20-21 April 2004.

Panellist, ‘Beyond the Museum: Working with Collections in the Digital Age’, with Bamber Gascoigne, Mike Houlihan and Chris Yapp, organised by MDA and Humanities Computing Unit, Oxford University, Oxford Union Debating Chamber, 20 April 2001.

Chair, 'Provision for new media training for the museum and gallery sector', plenary session, Museums Computer Group, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and University of Leicester, 23 November 2000.


My research focuses upon Digital Heritage, specifically the proximity of digital media to the construction of knowledge in heritage settings. My work has been characterised by its emphasis on collaboration and Knowledge Exchange between the heritage sector and commercial organisations.

My book 'Recoding the Museum: digital heritage and technologies of change' (Routledge 2007), was the first major history of museum computing, and my more recent edited volume ‘Museums in a Digital Age’ (Routledge 2010) forges a curriculum and subject focus for a credible academic subject area of ‘Digital Heritage’.

I was also one of the team of nine academics whose submission to the national Research Assessment Exercise (2008) produced the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university.

Research awards

2017 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £503,000 - by AHRC Standard Grants call, to fund 'One by One: building the digital literacies of UK museums', a 2.5 year project, with 20 partner organisations, including Culture24, University of Warwick, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, National Museums Scotland, National Army Museum, Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton and Hove, Derby Museums Trust, Museum of London, Museums Association, Association of Independent Museums, the Museum Development Network, Collections Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Nesta.

2012 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £247,000 - by AHRC Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Projects Call - for ‘CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix)', with the University of Birmingham, supporting a series of brokered partnerships between small businesses, small cultural organisations and Universities, in an attempt to understand how Knowledge Exchange and collaborative research works across these sectors [Principal Investigator, Dr Richard Clay].

2012 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £28,000 - by AHRC Research Networks Call, to fund ‘Transforming Thresholds’, with partners including The Heritage and Cultural Learning Hub (at the University of Birmingham), Blip Creative Ltd, Studio Bonito Ltd., investigating museum foyers and entrance spaces and the media used within them [Principal Investigator, Dr Ruth Page].

2010 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £4,800 - by Collections Trust for PhD scholarship on ‘Managing Digital Collections’.

2009 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £12,096 - AHRC BT Research Networking Pilot Funding for ‘LIVE!Museum: visitor and institutional contexts for digital labelling and in-gallery connectivty’ with the Collections Trust and System Simulation Ltd.

2009 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £497,907 - under the Large Research Grants - Science and Heritage programme [AHRC, EPSRC], for the project ‘Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments’ with English Heritage, University of Oxford, and Yale Center for British Art (Principal Investigator, Dr Philip Lindley).

2008 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £53,000 - AHRC Collaborative Research Training programme - as lead partner on a two-year project entitled ‘The Digital Heritage Research Training Initiative’, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, University of Newcastle and the Collections Trust.

2007 - Awarded £500 - British Academy award Overseas Conference Grant

2006 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £15,000 - AHRC Research Workshops (Museums and Galleries) Scheme for a nine-month project investigating ‘UK Museums and the Semantic Web’, with project partners MDA and the 24 Hour Museum.

2006 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £100,000 - PPARC for a project entitled ‘Space Now: Today’s News from Space’, a major gallery and Web site redevelopment, in association with the BNSC Communications Tea (Principal Investigator, Rev. Kevin Yates, the National Space Centre, Leicester).

2005 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £14,000 - HEROBC Innovation and Regional Fellowship award for a six-month ‘Innovations Fellowship’, to develop an in-gallery digital labelling system (‘LIVE!Labels’), with partners including New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and the National Space Centre.

2005 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator and Academic Supervisor] £36,000 - AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award to fund a project entitled ‘Sustaining public-facing digital assets in museums’, with Simulacra Ltd and the Museum of London.

2001 - Awarded [as Academic Supervisor] £97,000 - DTI’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership award - to work on a two-year project with a new media company (MacKenzie Ward Research Ltd.) to develop e-learning software for the cultural heritage and tertiary education sectors.


I am currently supervising five PhD students, investigating:

  • digital platforms for community heritage in Egypt (Hoda Hemaily)
  • the production of text and scripts for museum media (Rachel Teskey)
  • the museum as a platform for sound culture (Stefania Zardini Lacedelli)
  • online museum learning resources for schools in a political, legal and business context (William Clarke)
  • how museums interact with the expert web (Blaire Moskowitz)

Previously, as first supervisor, I have supervised PhDs on:

  • measuring the sensory and emotional experience of in-gallery digital interactives (Dr Jingyu Peng)
  • data literacy within museums (Dr Lauren Vargas)
  • the impact of convergent media on digital production in museums (Dr Peter Annhernu)
  • how the twentieth century museum curated the motor car (Dr Pal Negyesi)
  • the history of collecting computer-based technology at the Smithsonian Institution (Dr Petrina Foti)
  • models for cultivating innovation with digital media in museums (Dr Haitham Eid)
  • museums, pop music culture and the web (Dr Kathleen Pirrie Adams)
  • methods to measures the impact of museums in social media (Dr Elena Villaespesa)
  • the evolution of design of in-gallery digital media for children (Dr Amy Hetherington)
  • the sustainability of public-facing digital resources in museums (Dr Jeremy Ottevanger)
  • museums' display of sacred and devotional objects online (Dr Alex Whitfield)
  • the use of podcasting in museums (Dr Lena Maculan)
  • the use of mobile media for curating everyday life (Dr Kostas Arvanitis)

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