Research dissemination and engagement

The research team will use this page to provide information on publications, presentations and research events relating to the Crossing Boundaries research programme.

Book chapter in The Caring Museum

Kerry Wilson contributed a chapter on our House of Memories research – The Political Value of Museums in Dementia Care – to an international collection of essays on developmental issues in the field of museums, galleries and ageing, published by Museums Etc in August 2015. ‘The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with Ageing’ also includes contributions from UK academics and museums professionals including UCL’s Professor Helen Chatterjee, Esme Ward of Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Museum of Oxford’s Helen Fountain.   

Research seminar at Australian National University

In November 2015, Kerry Wilson led a research seminar at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University (ANU), where she gave a presentation on the Crossing Boundaries research programme. The seminar was attended by academics from ANU and professionals from the National Museum of Australia and Canberra’s cultural sector.

Journal of Heritage Interpretation – article in themed issue on empathy

Kerry was invited to write a piece for a themed issue of the journal of the Association for Heritage Interpretation on the subject of empathy (published May 2016). In her article – Empathy, Professionalism and Cultural Connections – Kerry discusses the value of empathy as a professional skill and strategic asset to heritage and museum sectors, referencing the trust placed in House of Memories as a museums-led dementia care training programme by commissioning health services.

Collaborative Resilience feature in Arts Professional

Our House of Memories research was referenced in a feature written by Kerry Wilson for an edition of Arts Professional dedicated to Cultural Leadership (published July 2016). In her article on Collaborative Resilience, Kerry comments on contemporary cultural policy narratives on collaborative working with a range of public services and the dominant theme of localised integration. She profiles House of Memories as an effective example of collaborative cultural leadership, drawing upon our social network analysis of NML’s cross-sector community of practice.

North of England Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Arts and Humanities

In September 2016, Kerry Wilson gave an invited talk on the Crossing Boundaries research programme at a workshop for early career researchers in the arts and humanities, organised by colleagues at Liverpool Hope University in association with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Kerry gave an overview of our research with National Museums Liverpool, including the opportunities created to recruit and develop postdoctoral early career researchers and the value of the programme in relation to understanding, articulating and evidencing research impact in the arts and humanities (copy of presentation available here). Rafaela Ganga, Research Associate on the Crossing Boundaries project, also participated in the workshop.

Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2016

In November 2016, Kerry Wilson participated in the Value of Difference panel session at Museums 2016, designed to prompt discussion and debate on the complexities, merits and ultimate value of cross-sector working, including the development of a shared vision between museum and health care sectors; the co-production of a mutually beneficial research and evidence base; getting the conversation started; and the importance of being ambitious. Read more on Kerry’s contribution to the debate, including reflections on the Crossing Boundaries programme, via her Better Together blog.

First Research Seminar in Heritage Education

In March 2017, ICC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rafaela Ganga, delivered a pitch on the ‘Crossing Boundaries’ research strategy in partnership with National Museums Liverpool at the First Research Seminar in Heritage Education, at the University of Porto. This seminar marked the beginning of ‘Heritage Education for Territorial and Emotional Intelligence of the Citizenship: Analysis of best practices, design and intervention in compulsory school’ — a research project coordinated by the University of Huelva, with support from research partners at the ICC, the University of Porto, the University of Sevilla and the University of Bologna. Links to the presentation are available in Powerpoint and PDF format.

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