School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Professor Andrew Newman

Prof of Cultural Gerontology



I joined the University in 1992 to assist in setting up the MA in Museum Studies programme. Prior to this I had responsibility for the geological collections at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, where I had worked since 1983.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Chair, University Safety Committee (2008 –)
  • Chair of ICCHS Staff Student Committee (2003 – 2005 and 2008 –)
  • Chair MCH BOE 2016
  • Chair ICCHS Board of Examiners (2009 –)
  • Deputy Director of the School of Arts and Cultures (January 2007 – September 2008)
  • Director of ICCHS (January 2006 – September 2008)
  • DPD and Chair of Board of Examiners (2003 – 2005)
  • ICCHS Examinations Officer and Chair Board of Examiners (1998 – 2003)
  • Member of Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee (2005 - 2009)
  • Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Arts and Cultures (2005 - 2009)
  • Member of School Executive Committee (2005 - 2009)


  • Museums Association, 1990
  • Diploma Natural Sciences AMA by examination
  • University of Leicester, 1982-83, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Geological option)
  • University of Leicester, 1978-81, BSC (Hons.) Combined Science. (Geology, Physical Geography, History of Science)

Previous Positions

  • 2006 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies,Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies
  • 1997 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Lecturer in Museum Studies
  • 1995 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Department of Archaeology, Research Officer in Museum Studies
  • 1992 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Department of Archaeology, Research Associate in Museum Studies
  • 1983-1992 Hancock Museum, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Geologist


  • Museums Association

Informal Interests

  • Mountain biking
  • Driving my Caterham 7 Roadsport

Member of the peer review colleges of AHRC (since 2005) and ESRC (since 2008).


Research Interests

My research applies the arts (both in terms of subject and methodologies) to current questions in cultural gerontology. I am also interested in how social and cultural policy is constructed and practice regulated. My work responds to the challenges faced by ageing populations in areas such as loneliness, social-economic disadvantage, bereavement, life transitions, poor health and negative societal meta-narratives, that can affect health. The timeliness and importance of this work is illustrated by the increasing numbers of older people, worldwide those over 65 are projected to increase from 390 million now to 800 million by 2025 and in the UK to have doubled to around 19 million by 2050.

I have been involved in a number of research projects funded by AHRC, ESRC, and MRC. The most recent of which explores the engagement of older people with the arts. I have worked on and led projects worth over £3.7M during the last five years. My main current project is Dementia and Imagination  (please see below).

Recent Projects

Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience: Creation, Consumption and Exchange
Co-investigator – AHRC, an interdisciplinary research project that will critically examine the role and practice of temporary visual art commissioning within heritage properties in Britain, £775,000, 2016-19.

The role of creative interventions in fostering connectivity and resilience in older people Co-investigatorAHRC Connected Communities Summit 2013 follow-up fund, Exploring how creative interventions can help develop connectivity and resilience for older people. £40,000, 2014

Dementia and Imagination Co-investigator - AHRC Communities, Cultures, Health and Wellbeing research grant. Investigating the use of the visual arts to enrich the lives of older people with dementia through reconnecting them with their communities. £1.5M, 2013-2017 

Contemporary visual art and identity construction – wellbeing amongst older people Principal investigator – a project exploring how the lives of older people can be improved by examining their use of contemporary visual art for identity construction practices funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme ( £260K, 2009-2011  

Contemporary visual art and the wellbeing of older people: policy and practice Principal investigator – This project builds upon our New Dynamics of Ageing programme (NDA) funded research. It aims to develop research-informed arts policy and arts interventions designed to improve the wellbeing of older people. £125K, 2012 to 2013

Research for Community Heritage – North East England – phase 1 Principal investigator - a project that links University research with heritage groups in NE England funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities Programme. £40K, 2012 to 2013

Research for Community Heritage – North East England – phase 2 Principal investigator - a project that assists local community groups in implementing projects that are funded by the HLF under their ‘All our Stories’ funding stream. Funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities programme. £60K, 2013 to 2014 

Ageing Creatively Co-investigator for a pilot study to explore the relation of creative arts interventions to wellbeing in later life, funded from the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme through the Medical Research Council.  £260K, 2010-2013 

Conference papers  

Newman, A. and Goulding, A., 2016 Qualitative data collection: Learning from Dementia and Imagination, Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting November 16-20, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Newman, A., 2016 The impact of visual arts interventions on the resilience of older people with dementia.British Society of Gerontology conference University of Stirling, July 2016

Newman, A. 2015 Wellbeing in older people through the visual arts, Creative Ageing, Australian Association of Arts and Health, Sydney, Australia, 25-27 August 2015

Newman, A. 2015 Dementia and Imagination,  Creative Ageing, Australian Association of Arts and Health, Sydney, Australia, 25-27 August 2015

Newman, A. and Goulding, A. 2015 Developing social support amongst older people through the consumption of art, British Society of Gerontology conference Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2015 

Goulding A. and Newman A., 2014 The development of resilience through creative interventions 8th International Conference of the European Network of Ageing Studies – Cultural Gerontology, Meaning and Culture(s): Exploring the Life Course, 10-12 April 2014, Galway.

Newman, A. 2014 Engaging with contemporary visual art: Maintaining health and well-being Oxford Institute of Ageing Studies, Seminar Series, February 2014

Goulding, A. and & Newman A., 2013, Follow-on from New Dynamics of Ageing project, The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 5th Annual International Arts and Health Conference,12 - 14 November 2013, College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of NSW and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Newman 2013, Heritage and Museums: Ethics, Values and Communities seminar at Warwick University in November

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2013, Engaging with contemporary visual art: Maintaining health and well-being, British Society of Gerontology Annual Meeting, 11-13 September

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2013, Contemporary visual art and Identity construction – wellbeing amongst older people AHRC Cultural Value seminar, London, February 2013

Goulding, A. & Newman, A. 2012, Contemporary visual arts and the wellbeing of older adults: policy and Practice, British Society of Gerontologists Annual Meeting, 11-13 July 

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2011The role of social networks in determining the nature of older people’s engagement with contemporary visual art and its relationship to wellbeing. 64th Annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 18-22, November 2011   

Newman, A. & Goulding, A. 2011 The impact of engagement with contemporary visual art on the wellbeing of older adults. VII EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS, HEALTHY AND ACTIVE AGEING FOR ALL EUROPEANS "II", Bologna, Italy, April 2011, peer reviewed paper.

Newman, A. 2010 Imagining the social impact of museums and galleries: interrogating policy through an empirical study, 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Jyväskylä, Finland, 24 - 27 August 2010 – peer reviewed paper

Newman, A. 2010 Contemporary visual art and identity construction – Wellbeing amongst older people, British Society of Gerontology, 39th Annual Conference, Identities , Care and Everyday Life, 6-8 July Brunel University – peer reviewed paper

Newman, A. 2009 Theorising the social role of museums/galleries: consequences for policy, Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, Seminar series, Wednesday 16th December 2009, Invited paper

Newman, A. 2009 Renaissance Research and Evaluation Network, Tuesday 24th November 2009, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Invited presentation

Newman, A. 2009 Contemporary visual art and identity construction: well being amongst older people, invited presentation, Humanities Discourse and the Passing Life seminar, Saturday 11th November 2009. Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University

Newman, A. 2009 Theorising the social role of museums: the consequences for Social Exclusion Policy, Museums, the cultural industries and social inclusion: outlining and unearthing alternative perspectives, Invited paper, Tuesday 20th October 2009, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Supported by ESRC and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Newman, A. 2009, invited participant, social return on investment seminar, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Tuesday 2nd June 2009, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London

Newman, A. 2008 ‘Museums and Migration a Question of Identity', Museums Immigration and Interculturality', Invited keynote address, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, October 1st to 3rd 2008, UNESCO and Migration Museum Network.

Newman, A. 2008, ‘Meaning-making and identity: How museums and galleries combat social exclusion', Invited address – Curating for the Future Conference, invited paper, Manchester, September 2008

Newman A. 2008, invited panel member Museums and Refugees – Keeping Cultures Conference – session – Measuring Social Impact of Work with New Communities – Museum of Docklands 13-14 March 2008

Newman, A. 2008, invited address – Seminar on the Impact of Museums, National Museum Directors Conference, Tate Britain 18th March 2008

Newman, A. 2008, invited address – Museums, Libraries and Archive Council Seminar – Linking Value Measurement to Business and Income Model Innovation: Academic Research into Sustainability of the UK Cultural Sector, British Library, London, May 2008

Newman, A, 2007 ‘The Impact of Participation in Gallery Education Activities on Schoolchildren's Human, Social and Cultural Capital’, European and International Symposium on Research Carried Out into Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education on Children and Young People, Paris, Pompidou Centre, January

Newman, A, 2007 ‘The impact on over 50s people of participation in activities related to British Art Show 6’, Access to Heritage AHRC funded seminar, Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 -17 January

Newman, A, 2007 ‘Social Stratification and Cultural Consumption – Policy Implications of Recent Research’, ESRC funded seminar - invited response, City University, London, 3 May

Newman, A, 2007 ‘Generic Learning Outcomes/Generic Social Outcomes’, Museums Association Conference, Glasgow, October (invited paper)

Newman, A, 2007 ‘The impact on over 50s people of participation in activities related to British Art Show 6’, Museums Association Conference, Glasgow, October (invited paper)

Newman, A, 2006 ‘Instrumental Museums and Gallery Policy in the UK: Origins and consequence for Practice’, invited address – peer reviewed paper to Fourth International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Vienna, 12-16 July


Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise students in the area of cultural gerontology, the consumption of museums and galleries (capital, citizenship, identity construction) and learning in museums and art galleries.

I am principal supervisor to the following students:

Anna Goulding, Understanding the relationship between older people’ engagement with contemporary art galleries and wellbeing

Adam Goldwater, Where’s the Learning? School-Museum Partnerships: Co-expertise and the Co-production of Learning for Primary School Aged Children.

Bethany Rex, In what way do current participatory initiatives in the museum sector respond to the localism agenda?

Philip Sabelli, A Study of the Integration of Museum Collections in University History Programs

Esteem Indicators

Member of ESRC Peer Review College (since 2010)

Member of AHRC Peer Review College (since 2005)

Chair AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Scheme panel meetings 2013, 2014

Member of AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Panel C 2012

Member of AHRC Collaborative Skills Development 2012: Organisation-led proposals

Member of AHRC Studentship panel for 2009

Member of AHRC Museums, Galleries and Archives, Commissioning Panel 2008

Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Heritage Studies

Editorial Board Member of Museum and Society

Editorial Board Member of Cultural Trends

External Examiner, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham (2005-2008)

External Examiner, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick (2014-)


In addition to the above.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation to undertake a longitudinal evaluation of a new special initiative, Art Works: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings. Value £50,000

Non-users of Libraries, Museums and Arts in County Durham, Museums, Libraries and Archive Council, Value £9982

Sense of Place and Social Capital and the Historic Environment RES/0322/7236, English Heritage, Value. £66,140

Arts and Humanities Research Council – Museum and Gallery Workshops - to explore issues surrounding instrumental museum and gallery policy. Value £14,000

En-quire national research programme (phase 3), which will explore issues around pedagogical skill sharing amongst artists and the impact of artists’ involvement in educational projects with young people. Value £25,000

Artists' Insights research project (funded by Arts Council England and the Museums Libraries and Archives Council) into the practices, and the learning outcomes and impact, of writers and visual artists working with young people and educators/facilitators in cultural sites and schools. Value: £50,000

Five Arts Cities research project (funded by Arts Council England and Channel 5) to investigate the impact on older visitors of participation in gallery events. Value: £3,000

En-quire national research programme (phases 1 and 2), which has the aim of exploring, assessing and articulating the special learning benefits to young people of working with contemporary art and the gallery space. The project is funded by DCMS and DfES and managed by Engage, the national organisation for gallery education in association with the Arts Council of England. Value: £21,000(

Department for Education and Skills funded evaluation of the Museums and Galleries Education Programme Phase 2 £7500 2003

ESRC the contribution of museums to the inclusive community: an exploratory study £40,000 2001


Postgraduate Taught Teaching

I am the module leader for:

ICS 8002 Management in Heritage, Gallery, and Museum Studies
ICS 8004 Collections Management

I also contribute to a range of MCH campus-based postgraduate modules in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

Postgraduate E-Learning Teaching

I contribute to e-learning programme in Heritage Management & Tourism.

Undergraduate Teaching

I supervise students taking COM 3073