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Biography

Anna is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI). Prior to this Anna worked at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham lecturing in Cultural Heritage. Anna comes from a Policy and museum practice background, and has worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) who co-funded Anna’s PhD research on social inclusion and the geography of school visits to museums. This research looked at the social impact of taking school children from some of the most deprived areas of England to museums and considered the importance of recognising museums’ geographic reach and spatial relationship to audiences. Prior to starting her PhD, Anna worked in the museum sector including posts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the British Dental Association museum among others. 

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

Anna is interested in supervising PhD students which align with her research interests in the following areas:

  • The changing role of museums, heritage sites, archives, collections, and material culture in contemporary society, particularly changing power and knowledge dynamics between audiences and heritage professionals.
  • What entrepreneurship and resilience means for the museum and heritage sector
  • Museum and heritage policy
  • Stored Museum Collections and collections management
  • Heritage and Climate Change

Anna is currently involved in several collaborative AHRC research projects which extend her interest in material culture, the historic environment These include a project to explore interventions around ‘unloved’ museum collections and another which focuses on how climate change may alter our understandings of heritage and its value. A third project looks at families and how their sense of family identity and history is curated through personal possessions.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Current supervisees:

  • The representation of Indigenous Communities in Museums in Taiwan.
  • Narratives of World Heritage in West Lake, China.
  • Contemporary professional Identity for crafts practitioners.