International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies

HIGHLIGHT: Newcastle University's research in museum, gallery and heritage studies ranked among the top in the UK

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), the UK’s method for evaluating research quality, has highlighted that 82% of museum, gallery and heritage studies research in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) is ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’. Our commitment to connecting leading academic research with innovative cultural practice is recognized with 80% of our work with media and cultural industries and heritage, museums and art galleries being championed as having global and international significance and impact. Our research environment was rated as world leading and internationally significant.

ICCHS researchers were submitted alongside colleagues from media and cultural studies to the Unit of Assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (UoA36) and have been ranked as 12th out of 67 in the country. As our first submission to the REF in this grouping, this represents an outstanding result.


Congratulations to Professor Peter Stone who has been nominated by his students as Research Supervisor of the Year. The winners will be announced by the Students' Union at the Teaching Excellence Awards on Thursday 14th May 2015.



The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies.

We offer both taught and research programmes. Our campus-based postgraduate and e-learning postgraduate programmes are vocational, providing students from all over the world with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work in a variety of roles, from curators, education officers and managers to cultural policy makers.

The programmes benefit from our experience in and engagement with the museum, gallery and heritage sector: we work closely with sector professionals both in the delivery of teaching and on research initiatives. We also provide advice and consultancy for the sector.

ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Open Days

The International Centre for Cultural & Heritage Studies runs one Open Day a year.We also participate in the University's Visit Days and Postgraduate Open Days.

Our Open Day provides potential students with information about our programmes, the University and the City as well as with opportunities to meet staff and ask any specific questions that you might have about the programmes we offer. It's also an opportunity to meet ex-students and find out about their experiences.

To enquire about our open days please email our secretary, Marianne Archbold.


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