Deciphering Museums, Politics and Impact


This paper makes a contribution towards deciphering the relationship between museums, politics and impact. I suggest that this is akin to that between three languages in the early nineteenth century: Greek, Demotic and Hieroglyphs. I argue that museums should be taken much more seriously by the discipline of politics and international relations. This paper begins with an analysis of the REF 2014 Impact Case Studies submitted under the Politics and International Studies Unit of Assessment. Thereafter, it looks at how museums have been examined in the field of politics and international relations. Finally, it outlines some of the benefits and opportunities of scholars in the field engaging with museums in terms of their research, as potential collaborators, and as partners for knowledge transfer and impactful activities – within and outwith the strictures of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: © 2018 Springer Publishing. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in British Politics . The final authenticated version is available online at: Funding: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Glasgow City Council.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Museums; history; politics; impact; public history; knowledge transfer
Publication ISSN: 1746-9198
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-09-01
Published Online Date: 2018-06-22
Accepted Date: 2018-03-22
Authors: Hammond, Andrew (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2609-0759)



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