You may be interested to know that Howard Coutts (curator at The Bowes Museum) and I (Mark Westgarth, University of Leeds) did a little talk on the Period Room project/conference as part of the University of Leeds ‘Impact in 5’ presentations. These are (quite challenging) short 5 minute presentations with 20 powerpoint slides – it’s […]


Hi All, We are pleased to announce that Leeds University has a new AHRC fully funded PhD studentship, as part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the National Gallery, London – (not quite Museum Studies Now?…but it’s about Museums, and it’s Now…) Good Luck if you apply for it! Hendy AHRC advertv2 Mark

Hello All, here’s some reflections on the MSN? event from participant Julie Reynolds….thanks Julie! Mark Absorb and digest | a short reflection! I’m on the train home, having attended a day of enquiry at Museum Studies Now? held at Leeds City Art Gallery. A day of thought, questioning and discussion regarding the role of museum […]

Hello All, we had a very packed room at Leeds City Art Gallery for the MSN? Event…here’s some pictures of the on-going discussions…it was hot in the room…not full of hot-air though!

Museum Studies Now? ‘The MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues surrounding curatorship, museology and museum management. Course tutors include professional curators and educationalists. There is also the opportunity to choose an option from the extensive array of modules offered by all of the […]

Hello All, here’s the structure/format for the MSN? Event – ready for those following on the Twitter feed – as you’ll see, we’ve structured spaces in the event where ‘discussion’ can take place amongst all participants (the ‘sandpits’ and at the open discussion at the end of the day)…I should imagine the Twittering will be […]

Hello all, we’ll be running a live Twitter feed on the day at the MSN? event on Monday (thanks to Rachel Souhami for that excellent suggestion!) – hashtag ‘MuseumsNow’…@MuseumsNow….so keep your eyes on the Twitter feed and do post back anything you’d like to be relayed to the room and we’ll do our best to […]

We have the design for the MSN? event folder…looks great!.. MSN Folder Design Mark

Hello All, we have a really exciting line-up of MSN? event project participants – confirmed participants so far include: Museums World – Iain Watson, Director of Tyne & Wear Museums; Professor Ann Sumner, Former Director of Birmingham Museums Trust; Steve Judd, Director of World Museum Liverpool; Rosemary Preece, Curatorial Director, National Coal Mining Museum for […]

Thanks to all those who have sent in ideas for discussion at the MSN? event – training for volunteers seems to be a topic high on the agenda for many people – we’ll put that on the ‘agenda’.   Keep ideas coming! Mark