School of Arts and Cultures




We engage extensively with museum, gallery and heritage organisations and with other organisations who have an interest in the sector.

Such organisations are frequently research partners and/or users of ICCHS research. This includes:

International bodies

Such as UNESCO, as well as overseas museums, galleries and heritage sites.

National bodies

Such as Engage and Arts Council England.

Local museums and galleries

For example, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Heritage organisations

Such as Northumberland National Park Authority, English Heritage, the National Trust and the Countryside Agency.

Other organisations

We also engage with organisations whose work involves engagement with museums, galleries and heritage, eg charities such as Age UK and international organisations such as NATO.

Find out more about our local, national and global impact.

Local, National & Global Impact

Since 2008, we've won research grants totaling over £3million. This has funded projects with local, national and international impact.

We are not separate from, or on the sidelines of the museum, gallery and heritage sector. This is key to our impact. 

We believe that we are central to this sector, and have a responsibility to contribute meaningfully to its work. We do this through research and other forms of engagement. 

Research impact

Our recent research encompasses areas as diverse as:

  • museum and gallery epistemology
  • the protection of cultural property in wartime
  • the impact of visiting contemporary art exhibitions on older people’s wellbeing
  • issues of belonging and places as represented by museums and galleries and experienced by visitors 
  • the curation of human remains

Policy impact

Our research varies from theoretical and/or historical to policy-relevant and physical-scientific work.

We've aided the development of European cultural policy guidelines around:

  • the representation of migration histories in museums
  • the development of heritage infrastructure in Guyana, Kenya and China
  • engaging local communities in exhibition making and participatory events
  • safeguarding and interpreting prehistoric stone monuments in Northumberland