International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies


Our mission is to be a world leader in museum, gallery and heritage studies by:

  • providing the best learning opportunities for personal and career development;
  • carrying out cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research;
  • engaging with the international professional community and making a positive difference to policy and practice.


Our core purpose is to advance the understanding of museums, galleries and cultural heritage organisations and tourism on regional, national and international levels. By developing awareness of their histories, representations and management, as well as their roles within society and their places within people’s lives, we seek to foster improved professional practice within the sector at all levels.


Our core values are:


We strive to introduce new approaches into our work with a view to improving practice and developing new insights. This is achieved through internationally acclaimed research-informed teaching and engagement, also allowing us to foster innovation within the sector.

Our field is inherently interdisciplinary. Alongside the academic disciplines which underpin much work in the museum, gallery and heritage sector (history, art history, archaeology, tourism studies, natural sciences etc.) our research and teaching draw on ideas and practices from fields such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology, geography, psychology and cultural and media studies.

We are committed to our mission. We are committed to teach our students appropriately, developing both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills and, above all, fostering analytical and critical abilities. We are committed to the development of the museum, gallery and heritage sector.

Social responsibility
We believe strongly that museums, galleries and heritage organisations have a responsibility to society – to address, engage with and empower communities and to act ethically, whether through collecting, conservation, display or tourism. This belief underpins all that we do, and ICCHS too has a responsibility to encourage reflective, ethical and inclusive practice, informed by tolerance and an awareness of diversity in society.


Newcastle University's mission is to:

  • be a world-class research-intensive University
  • deliver teaching and facilitate learning of the highest quality
  • play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England