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Aims of the Institute

MGCHI works locally, nationally and internationally with museum collections, research and teaching. It is governed by the Institute Director and the staff of Museum and Gallery Studies, with an Advisory Board consisting of people from the university, and from the wider industry sector.

MGCHI aims:

  • to be a focus for quality research on the history, theory and practice of museums
  • to initiate, carry out and promote research
  • to facilitate the research of others
  • to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • to research further the training needs of the sector
  • to enhance the teaching portfolio by developing short courses for CPD, career development and specialist expertise


Dr Karen Brown (School of Art History and Museum and Gallery Studies)


Advisory Board

University of St Andrews

Dr Linda Goddard (Head of School of Art History)
Professor Frank Lorenz Müller (Dean of Arts and Divinity)
Dr Agnes Bos, Ann Gunn, Nicôle Meehan and Dr Ulrike Weiss (Museum and Gallery Studies)
Dr Catherine Spencer (Art History Impact Officer)
Kate Keohane (PhD Representative)
Jamie Allan Brown (EU-LAC-MUSEUMS Project Representative)
Jessica Burdge (Museums of the University of St Andrews)
Gabriel Sewell (Special Collections and Library Services)
Professor Rebecca Sweetman (School of Classics)

Industry Sector

Philip Long (Director, V&A Dundee)
Dr Xavier Dectot (Keeper of Art and Design, National Museum of Scotland)
Gillian Findlay (Curatorial and Engagement Manager, City of Edinburgh Council)
Nat Edwards (Museum Consultant)
Christopher Baker (Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery)


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