Instrumental Values: Professional ethics in collaborative cultural work (AHRC Leadership Fellowship 2017-19)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded Kerry Wilson, Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital, a mid-career Leadership Fellowship. The Leadership Fellows scheme is designed to support research leaders to undertake focused independent research and collaborative leadership activities, which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.

Starting in July 2017, the award funds a two-year study of ethical dimensions of collaborative practice between museum and library sectors and partner agencies working in two priority public policy areas, including public health and wellbeing and prison education reform. The research has been designed to explore the transitional efficacy of museum and library sectors’ ethical codes of practice when working in collaborative public policy contexts. Using a communities of practice (CoP) conceptual framework, the research will develop two sector-specific case studies focusing on museums working in health care settings and prison library services. The research aims to provide evidence-based guidance on shared codes of ethics in cross-sector cultural work, emphasising the relationship between professional values and the capacity of museum and library sectors to respond and contribute to cross-government public policy agendas in England.

Click here for a summary of the Instrumental Values study. Kerry will use this section of the ICC website  to share updates on the research, including case study development, emerging discussion points and knowledge exchange activities. See for example the following blog posts:


For more information please contact k.m.wilson@ljmu.ac.uk


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more.  This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk.


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