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 Jocelyn Dodd, Director jad25@le.ac.uk 0116 252 3995 or RCMG@le.ac.uk.

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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

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.