Sarah Hughes

slh78@le.ac.uk

Research interest/area

My PhD research is exploring how the cultural ecologies of industrial towns have been shaped.  My PhD research project is being supervised by Dr Lisanne Gibson and Dr Suzanne MacLeod and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Value project (Histories strand).

The study aims to contribute a historical dimension to our understanding of the cultural ecologies of industrial towns and the legacy of historical patterns of cultural participation and provision in these towns. The primary aim of the study, in seeking to understand the contemporary impact of historical patterns of cultural participation and provision, is to interrogate the contemporary characterisations of such cultural ecologies which underpin contemporary cultural policy debates and provision.

Academic/career achievements

I graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) in History in 1996, received my MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2002 and have worked in the UK museums and heritage sector since 2001.

Before commencing my PhD in October 2012, I worked as a freelance museums and heritage community engagement and learning consultant.  From 2010 to 2012 I worked with English Heritage in this capacity at Conisbrough Castle and Brodsworth Hall.  At Conisbrough Castle, as part of a Project Team working towards a large-scale Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application, I undertook consultation with local residents, organisations and learning providers, developed and delivered a programme of pilot education, outreach and on-site activities and worked with colleagues at English Heritage and project partners Doncaster Council to develop the Activity Plan for the successful HLF Heritage Grants Stage 2 funding application for the £1.1 million development project currently taking place at the castle.  At Brodsworth Hall, again as part of a Project Team working towards a Heritage Lottery Fund application, I undertook community, organisational, agency and learning provider consultation along with assisting colleagues at English Heritage with the development of community engagement and education proposals for a subsequent successful application for a Your Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Brodsworth Hall in Time of War project.  I also, during this period, developed and delivered an Intergenerational Project for the Heritage and Arts Service at Leicestershire County Council along with undertaking evaluation work for Heritage Silkstone’s ‘Silkstone Reflects on the Church Heritage’ HLF funded project.

From 2009 to 2010 I worked as Community Heritage Curator for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Museums and Heritage Service where I was responsible for developing and delivering community engagement programmes, learning programmes, exhibitions, events and activities to increase and diversify involvement with the Experience Barnsley museum project whilst also contributing to the contemporary collecting being undertaken as part of the Experience Barnsley project.

From 2002 to 2009 I worked as a Museums Education and Outreach Officer for Kirklees Council’s Museums and Galleries Service where I was responsible for developing and delivering educational projects, programmes, exhibitions, events and activities to increase, extend and diversify access to the sites and collections of the service and the local heritage.  I developed a wide variety of adult and family learning programmes during my time with Kirklees Council’s Museums and Galleries Service including, through the development of partnerships with local adult learning providers and neighbourhood learning networks, adult learning projects linked to the government's 'skills for life' agenda at Dewsbury Museum and family learning project work based at Bagshaw Museum in Batley.  Further information in relation to these areas of project work can be found in Garrick Fincham and Jane Ward’s Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and NIACE 2006 publication, Inspiring Adults: Literacy, Language and Numeracy in the Museums, Libraries and Archives Sector and in the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and NIACE 2011 e-publication, Family learning and museums, libraries, archives and the cultural sector:  Embedding a strategic approach to working together.

From 2001 to 2002 I worked as Lifelong Learning and Access Officer for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Museum, Gallery and Heritage Service, where I was responsible for developing and delivering museum lifelong learning opportunities (formal and informal).

Publications/Miscellaneous papers and reports

Hughes, Sarah. ‘Case Study: The Big Society: Who Do We Think We Are?’ in Family learning and museums, libraries, archives and the cultural sector: Embedding a strategic approach to working together (MLA/NIACE, 2011)

Hughes, Sarah. ‘Case Study: What’s Your Story?’ in Fincham, Garrick and Ward, Jane. Inspiring Adults: Literacy, Language and Numeracy in the Museums, Libraries and Archives Sector, (MLA/NIACE, 2006)

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