Research In, With, and For Museums: A workshop for PhD students

Thursday 10th December, 2 – 4:30pm, taking place remotely over Teams

Museums are highly collaborative, complex research institutions – many of the National Museums in the UK are now IROs in their own right, working closely with academics around the world. However, much of the exciting, fast-paced work happens with PhD students and Early-Career researchers. This workshop is designed to give students a basic introduction to how museums can help with their research, and how their research can feed back in to the museum.

This afternoon of short talks and discussions will give students a broad idea of how they can get more out of museums for their own research, and how their research can, in turn, contribute to those museums. Speakers

Mark Carnall (Oxford Museum of Natural History), Glyn Morgan (Science Museum), and Shelley Saggar (University of Kent, formerly Wellcome Collection) will cover research and collections, exhibitions, and policy, and a host of other ways in which your research can interface with museums.

There will be a panel at the end of this event, with a chance to put questions to the speakers and discus the relationship between museums and researchers. If you already have a burning question about research and museums, no matter how broad or niche, please pre-submit it to Laura Humphreys,, and this can be included in the panel discussion.

Bookings will close at 12pm on Tuesday 8th December.

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