Research Themes

The major research themes of RCMG include:

  • learning processes and learning outcomes in museums, galleries and related cultural organisations
  • museum engagement with social justice (particularly in relation to human rights, disability equality, LGBT issues and so on)
  • organisational and sectoral change
  • new approaches to developing ethical thinking and practice
  • public engagement with contemporary social issues, in particular, through collections, exhibitions and displays
  • visitor experience and interpretive design

Research themes are closely linked to the interests of RCMG Research teams. We have carried out a range of research projects which explore these themes and you can access our publications for free.

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Research Centre for Museums and Galleries
School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
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Prejudice, Pride, Place Conference

Part of Prejudice and Pride, a collaboration between the National Trust and RCMG, this two-day event on 15-16 May 2018 will explore how heritage organisations can meaningfully engage diverse audiences in debates surrounding LGBTQ history, culture and equality by researching and presenting past LGBTQ lives. To find out more and book online please click here.

Unexpected Encounters: Museums Nurturing Living and Ageing Well Conference

Growing out of the action research project Encountering the Unexpected, this two-day event on 25-26 April 2018 will explore the potential of museum collections (specifically natural heritage) to support older people to live and age well. To find out more and book online please click here.