Dr Ryan Nutting

Ryan Nuttingrn114@le.ac.uk

Supervisors

Dr Sandra Dudley (School of Museum Studies) and Dr Julian North (Victorian Studies Centre)

Research interest

My thesis examined the changing interpretation of four sets of miniature ethnographic models purchased by Frederick Horniman in Asia in 1894 and 1895 and displayed in the Horniman Free Museum until it closed in early 1898. Utilizing theories on miniature objects, museum education, and postcolonial theories I examine how the interpretation of these objects changed depending upon the viewer and how these models represent rich resources for examining late nineteenth-century British views of other cultures.  This thesis argues that attributes associated with miniature objects shaped the interpretations of these models from curios for Western tourists visiting Asia, to educational tools within the museum used to describe Asian cultures, to representations of Western intellectual control over these cultures.

An electronic copy of my thesis is available at this link:

https://leicester.figshare.com/articles/Model_Lives_The_Changing_Meanings_of_Miniature_Ethnographic_Models_from_Acquisition_to_Interpretation_at_the_Horniman_Free_Museum_1894-1898/10227974

Academic/career achievements

I am currently an International Fellow and the KWI in Essen, Germany, Independent Researcher, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies.

https://kulturwissenschaften.de/person/dr-ryan-nutting/

Graduated from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England with a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado with a Master of Arts Degree in History with emphasis in Museum Studies, Archival Studies, and Historic Preservation.

Graduated Cum Laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and English Literature.

I possess over fifteen years of experience working in museums including work in collections, education, and exhibition departments at a number of museums across the United States. My experience in collections departments includes managing small museum collections as well as photograph collections and costume collections at larger museums, identifying and appraising primary sources for digitization, and conducting in depth research on a variety of collections and topics in order to better manage the collection or in order to create better museum web page visitor experiences.  This work included researching and creating virtual 3-D models of historic structures at Fort Snelling in 1838 and 1862 based upon architectural, archaeological, and archival records:

http://mhs.iath.virginia.edu/snelling.html

as well as researching mail delivery at Fort Snelling from 1836-1838 and the weather records at Fort Snelling between 1867-1868:

http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/a-place-in-time/homepage.php

Additionally, I possess experience leading museum education departments, designing museum education programming for groups of all ages, managing museum volunteers and volunteer training courses, and designing and fabricating exhibitions and exhibition components.

Achievements

KWI International Fellow at the the KWI in Essen, Germany 2020

University of Leicester School of Museum Studies Honorary Fellow 2017

University of Leicester Teaching Partnership Awards for Students 2014

Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Fellowship in Museum Practice and Research  2001

 

Volunteer Roles at the University of Leicester

College of Arts, Humanities, and Law student representative on the University of Leicester Postgraduate Research Policy Committee during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Project Manager and Finance Manager for the School of Museum Studies PhD student led conference Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings held at the University of Leicester 4-5 November 2014.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museums-alive

http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/2014/11/20/museums-alive/

Co-Curator of exhibition "100 Stories of Migration" at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, held from 23 June 2014 to 13 February 2015.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/100stories/

PhD Student Representative for the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Co-Chair of the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Student-Staff Consultative Committee during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Co-Curator of exhibition "Student life in the 1950s" at the David Wilson Library, University of Leicester, held from 11 January to 25 April 2014.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2014-archive-1/january/life-as-an-undergraduate-2013-in-the-1950s

Chair of the session "Art and Change" at the PhD student led conference Museum Metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, on 5-6 November, 2013.

Finance Manager for the PhD student led conference Museum Metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, on 5-6 November, 2013.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museum-metamorphosis

Conference Papers

“’To the Land of the Rising Sun”: Frederick Horniman’s Travels in Japan’ on 27 September 2019 at the At the Crossroads of Doubt: Anthropology and Anglophone Travel (XIXth-XXIth Centuries) conference in Paris, France.

“The Material and the Digital: Research Beyond the Academy” on 21 June 2019 at the Nottingham Trent University College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities Research Conference in Nottingham, England.

“’Here he observed exquisite models of the Taj Mahal and made a selection for the Museum and for presents’: Frederick Horniman's Travels and Collecting in India” on 11 June 2019 at Bromley House Library in Nottingham, England.

“Model Lives: The Changing Meanings of Miniature Ethnographic Models from Acquisition to Interpretation at the Horniman Free Museum 1894-1898” on 10 July 2018 as part of the PubHD Lecture Series in Leicester, England.

"A Tour Through a Nineteenth-Century Museum: The Horniman Free Museum in 1896” on 25 May 2018 as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series at Leicester Adult Education College in Leicester, England.

https://www2.le.ac.uk/news/events/2018/may/the-doctoral-college-presents-lunchtime-lectures

“’The Collection is divided into two sections…’* The Ordering of Knowledge at the Horniman Free Museum” on 12 May 2018 at the Victorian Interdisciplinarity International Conference 2018 in Durham, England.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/cncs/conferences/viconference/

“From the primitive surf-boat and canoe of the Indians…”*: The Interpretation of Model Boats at the Horniman Free Museum." on 12 June 2017 at the Miniature Worlds 4 conference in Greenwich, England.

 

“'My family and I were literally crowded out by the many objects': The Private Museum of Frederick Horniman 1884-1890' on 18 May 2017 at the North American Victorian Studies Association/ Australasian Victorian Studies Association conference in Florence, Italy.

https://lapietra.wordpress.com

“'The Heads Are Copied from Life Models and are Very Characteristic': Miniature Papier-mâché Heads in the Horniman Free Museum 1895-1898" on 24 October 2016 at the Multiple Museum Practices – The Museum as Cornucopia conference In Oslo, Norway.

http://www.tekniskmuseum.no/forskning/konferanser/1266-mangfoldige-museumspraksiser-konferanse-24-25-oktober

Keynote address on 10 June 2016 at the Museum Studies and AMAGS Students Dissertation Conference at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

"Ghosts of Power in the Past, Present, and Future Museum ” on 28 May 2016 at the American Alliance of Museums 2016 Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Washington, DC.

http://annualmeeting.aam-us.org/schedule?TopicCodeIDs=591

“Curatorial Practice in the Past, Present, and Future Museum: A Perspective on Power” on 25 May 2016 at National Museum of American History Colloquium at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

"Objects, Traces, Documentation" on 22 April 2016 at The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now conference at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

https://globalcontemporarymuseum.com/global-contemporary/

“'To Interest and Inform Those Whom Circumstances Prevented From Visiting Distant Lands'*: The Use of Miniature Ethnographic Models at the Horniman Free Museum"  on 19 March 2016 at the All Things Victorian: Exploring Materiality and the Material Object at the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, England.

http://www.port.ac.uk/centre-for-studies-in-literature/literature-events/postgraduate-conference-2016/

'"Elucidated by Means of Models': The Use of Collections of Miniature Ethnographic Models at the Horniman Free Museum" on 3 October 2015 at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England.

http://www.henry-moore.org/hmi/events/object-lessons-conference

"Conference Planning: Behind the Scenes" on 22 July 2015 at the University of Leicester Thesis Forum at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/festival/meet

“Small Things Considered: The Use of Miniature Objects at the Horniman Free Museum" on 6 July 2015 at the University of Leicester Festival of Postgraduate Research at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/festival/meet

“’Models for the Edification of Those Who Are Not in the Position to See Them in Real Life’: Collections of Miniature Ethnographic Models at the Horniman Free Museum” on 5 June 2015 at Collectors and Collecting from the Early Modern Period to the Present Conference at the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, England.

http://www.port.ac.uk/media/contacts-and-departments/csl/Collectors-and-Collecting-2015-programme.pdf

"Exploring Collections of Miniature Objects in Nineteenth-Century Great Britain" at Research Week on 24 June 2013 at the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies in Leicester, England.

“From Chaos to Control: A Case Study” on 16 November 2005 at New England Museum Association Annual Conference in Burlington, Massachusetts.

“Exploring the Underworld: Undergarments of the 19th Century and the Secrets They Hold!” on 9 June 2005 at Old York Historical Society in York, Maine.

“Small Museum- Big Collection: How Do I Keep Track of it All” at 2003 Maine Archives and Museums Collection Management Workshop on 31 May 2003 at Fifth Maine Regiment Museum in Peaks Island, Maine.

“Size Matters: Native American Tourist Items in York County Maine During the Late Nineteenth Century” at 14th Annual Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Fellowship Symposium on 20 August 2001 at Old York Historical Society in York, Maine.

Publications

“The Origin of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester” in Museologica Brunensia (2016)

https://digilib.phil.muni.cz/handle/11222.digilib/135581

“Conference Review: Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings” in Museological Review 19 (2015)

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/documents/museologicalreview/museological-review-2015

Successful Grant Applications

Wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities in order to present my research at the 2017 North American Victorian Studies Association/ Australasian Victorian Studies Association conference in Florence, Italy.

Wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities in order to present my research at the 2016 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and Museum Expo.

Wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester Graduate School Researcher Development Fund for the School of Museum Studies PhD student led conference Museum Metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum.

Wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester College of Arts, Humanities and Law Postgraduate Development Fund in order to conduct my research on collecting miniature objects during the late nineteenth century.

Co-wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester Graduate School Researcher Development Fund for the School of Museum Studies PhD student led conference Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings to held at the University of Leicester 4-5 November 2014.

Wrote a successful grant application to the British Association for Victorian Studies in order to conduct my research on collecting miniature objects during the late nineteenth century.

Wrote a successful grant application to the University of Leicester College of Arts, Humanities, and Law Postgraduate Development Fund for the School of Museum Studies PhD student led conference Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings to held at the University of Leicester 4-5 November 2014.

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