Dr Duncan Grewcock

Position: Senior Lecturer

Biography

With a range of experience in museum and heritage planning and academic research, Duncan brings a real breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding to the fields of museums, galleries and heritage. An innovative researcher, Duncan takes an experimental approach to researching museums, galleries and heritage with a particular focus on visual methodologies and autobiography. As a consultant Duncan has helped plan the development of numerous museums, galleries and heritage sites throughout the UK and internationally. His UK work has helped to secure around £20 million for projects from the Heritage Lottery Fund. During his career he has worked with a wide range of institutions and organisations from the largest international museums and galleries to the smallest volunteer-run operations. One of those rare practitioners able to work across academic and professional practice to the benefit of both, Duncan's research contributes to the ongoing relational turn of museums and museum studies that characterizes leading-edge work in the field today.

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Research expertise

My principal research interests lie in the relationships between museums, galleries, heritage and place and in the critical-creative academic practices of the field. I am interested in experimenting with new ways of doing museology through interdisciplinary engagements between museum studies and the theory and practice of human geography. My future research plans are to further explore the relationships between museums and place through museum geographies, and to continue to experiment with academic research practices in the field, particularly through visual methodologies such as photography, collage and photomontage and innovative approaches to writing such as autoethnography and autobiography. I am also investigating the contribution planning theory might make to the development of a theory of museum and heritage planning and development.

Books:
Grewcock, D (forthcoming) Doing Museology Differently. Adventures in Practice. London, Routledge

Articles:
Grewcock, D (2011) "Fragments from a slippery city", Paperweight, Vol.1, Issue 2.
Grewcock, D (2006) "Museums of cities and urban futures: new approaches to urban planning and the opportunities for museums of cities", Museum International, Vol. 58, No. 3
Grewcock, D (2002) "The Data Game", Museum Practice, Issue 21, December
Grewcock, D (2001a) "Buildings that work", New Heritage, Issue 4
Grewcock, D (2001b) "Before, During and After: Front-end, Formative and Summative Evaluation" in Lord and Lord (eds.) Manual of Museum Exhibitions. Alta Mira Press: Walnut Creek.
Grewcock, D (2000) "Visitor Information", Museum Practice, Issue 15, November
Grewcock, D (1999) "Visitor Information Excellence Study", Efficiency and Effectiveness Review of State Sponsored Museums & Galleries, Department for Culture Media and Sport
Grewcock, D (1998) "Related Spaces: Displaying Art in Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the National Gallery, London", Museological Review, No. 5

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Course Director: MA Museum & Gallery Studies and MA Heritage (Contemporary Practice)

Field Leader for Museum & Gallery Studies

Museology, research practice, visual methodologies, audiences and experience, exhibitions and spaces of encounter, the future of museums, galleries and heritage, museum and heritage planning and development.

Professional activity

  • 2012 - presentExternal Examiner, Art Gallery & Museum Studies, Newcastle University
  • 2011 - presentTate Papers editorial board
  • 2011 - presentAHRC Peer Review College Member (Knowledge Transfer)

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2009PhD Museum Studies University College London
  • 1997MA Museum Studies University of Leicester
  • 1996BA History of Art University of Leicester

Conferences & events

Speaking:
(2011) "Museum Studies as a Craft", Annual Conference of the ICOM International Committee for the Training of Personnel, Toronto, 24th October 2011
(2011) "Museums and the City: Place, Planning and Possibility", The Museum and the Design Disciplines, Università Iuav di Venezia, Scuola di Dottorato, 12th May 2011
(2008) "Museums as place-shapers", Museums Association Annual Conference, 6th October, Liverpool
(2008) "Museums, Cities and Urban Futures", Drivers Jonas Cultural Heritage Seminar, London Transport Museum, April, London
(2006) "Museums of Cities and Urban Futures", ICOM International Committee for
Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities Conference, May, Boston, Mass., USA
(2005) "Audience Development and Historic Sites: Trends and Issues", Museums and Heritage Show, May, London
(2004) "Meeting the market challenge", Drivers Jonas Cultural Heritage Seminar, November, London
(2004) "Permanent Collections: The Main Event", keynote address to the Marketing Museums Conference, July, Valencia, Spain
(2001) Convenor and Chair, "Beyond market research: quality and quantity", Museums Association Annual Conference, 30th October, London


Consultancy

Since 1998 my professional consultancy practice has been broad including strategic planning, feasibility studies, detailed development planning and research. In recent years my work has focused on the development of successful applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Key Projects:
Tank Museum, Bovington: planning and development work over several years focusing on audiences, learning and activities securing around £12 million from HLF, 2006-2012
Jewish Museum, London: planning and development of applications to HLF, securing over £4 million from HLF, 2005-2006
Tate: a major Visitor Audit for Tate investigating audience profile and visitor motivations to Tate Britain and Tate Modern, 2003-2004
Forty Hall & Estate, London: planning and development of HLF applications to restore and conserve Hall and Parkland, including planning for audiences, learning, interpretation, volunteers, training and marketing, securing over £3 million from HLF, 2007-2009
Department for Culture Media and Sport: researched a major study on visitor information as part of the Efficiency and Effectiveness Review of State Sponsored Museums, 1999

UK projects/clients include:
Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, 2010
Honeywood Museum, Sutton Borough Council, 2008-2009
Hastings Castle, Hastings Borough Council, 2005-2006
Rochester and Upway Castles, Medway Council, 2003
Purbeck Landscape Partnership, Purbeck District Council, 2005
Eastbury Manor House, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council, 2004
National Maritime Museum, 2004
Foundling Museum, 2004, 2000, 1998
Dover Castle, English Heritage, 2000-2002
Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum, 2001-2002
Cowdray and Midhurst Heritage Trust, 2000
Lewisham Borough Council, 2001
Florence Nightingale Museum, 2001
Ranger's House, English Heritage, 2000
National Portrait Gallery, 2000
Kent County Council, 2000
Eastbourne Borough Council, 2000
Centres for Curiosity and Imagination, 2000
William Morris Gallery, 2000
Lincoln City & County Museum, 1999
Bodleian Library, 1999
Tate Modern, 1998
Children's Discovery Centre – East London, 1998

International projects/clients include:
Norwegian-Canadian Cultural Centre and Memorial, Ontario, 2003
Museum of Toronto, 2003
Flemish Mining Museum, Beringen, 2002
Moderna Museet and Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm, 2002
Hong Kong Government, Leisure and Culture Services Department, 2002
Flemish Holocaust Museum, 2002
Museum of the City of New York, 2001
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2000 and 2001
Jewish Museum, New York, 2000 and 2001
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2001
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 2001
Museum of Nature, Jerusalem, 2000

Collaborations:
Duncan has developed several collaborations with various organizations as part of his two MA programmes, including: Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Historic Royal Palaces, Museum of London, Kingston Museum & Heritage Service and the global consulting firm LORD Cultural Resources for whom Duncan worked from 1998-2005.

Memberships:
International Council of Museums, (Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities and International Committee for the Training of Personnel)
Museums Association

Research groups & programmes

Research supervision


Publications

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Article

Grewcock, Duncan (2014) Performing heritage (studies) at the Lord Mayor’s show. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 20(7-8), pp. 760-781. ISSN (print) 1352-7258

Grewcock, Duncan (2010) Mo' better museum? KIOSK(4), pp. 100-103. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Thesis

Grewcock, Duncan (2009) Disrupting the museum: doing museology differently. (PhD thesis), University College London.

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