Welcome to RCMG








Our research stimulates new thinking and creative practice that enables cultural organisations to become more ambitious and impactful in nurturing more equitable and inclusive societies.


Research focus

Our research engages with and responds to real world contexts. We understand museums, galleries and heritage as part of – and active in shaping - the contemporary world.

We do research with cultural organisations that:

  • stimulates values-led change and supports experimental practice;
  • fosters cultural organisations’ active engagement in changing social, political and environmental arenas;
  • explores how museums can inform and enrich audience attitudes and public debate, stimulating, framing and hosting conversations around contemporary societal concerns;
  • explores how museums can meaningfully and ethically engage diverse and ever-changing communities and audiences;
  • examines and interrogates the impact and value of culture and cultural participation.


Approach and values

Our research combines academic rigour and a commitment to socially-engaged thinking and practice.  

Collaboration is central to our research practice. We work with and bring together organisations and expertise within and beyond the cultural field.

We challenge hierarchical ways of working that are deeply embedded in museum thinking and practice. Our research creates spaces within which different forms of expertise come together and where researchers, practitioners, policy makers, artists and activists collaborate. We give value to forms of expertise derived from lived experience alongside curatorial and academic specialisms.

We foster unbounded ways of researching, unconstrained by entrenched professional and academic boundaries.

We value creative experimentation that generates insights that can, in turn, open up new possibilities for museums and their role in society.

We are international in outlook, values, dialogue and exchange.

All RCMG research reports and publications are available to download for free, either from Projects or Publications.

For further information please contact Co-Directors Jocelyn Dodd or Richard Sandell.

Email: jad25@le.ac.uk / rps6@le.ac.uk or RCMG@le.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3995


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Research Centre for Museums and Galleries
School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
19 University Road

Tel: +44(0)116 252 3963
Fax: +44(0)116 252 3960