Transformers at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Researcher to assess Transformers impact

Patrick Steel, 15.01.2018
Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship will look at experiences of programme participants
An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship has been awarded to Mercy McCann to assess the impact of the Museums Association’s (MA) Transformers programme, which supports mid-career museum professionals to create and manage change in their organisations.

In a partnership between the MA and the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, McCann, supervised by Nuala Morse, will look at the experiences of the programme’s participants, and explore the potential for critical recommendations for the creative economy locally and nationally.

Jess Turtle, the MA’s programme manager: Transformers, says: “The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester has an exceptional reputation for research that explores the cutting edge of practice in UK museums.

“We’re therefore delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mercy McCann over the next 10 months to explore the impact of the Transformers programme on the sector since its launch in 2014.”

The research will include an analysis of how the programme has supported people from diverse backgrounds to make change.

Some of this year’s projects include research bringing together the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Tate, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the National Mining Museum Scotland to explore how institutions can challenge internalised barriers and outmoded attitudes towards notions of equality and inclusion; the publication of a good practice guide for presenting LGBTQ programming in a museum context; and the development of a resource toolkit and training package to help understand and increase awareness of autism and neurological conditions in museums.

The AHRC fellowship was awarded through its National Productivity Investment Fund.

Transformers: Diversify is funded by Arts Council England, Federation of Museums and Galleries, Wales and Museums Galleries Scotland.