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Name: Tom Eaton

PhD: Museum Studies

Thesis Title: 

By exploring methodologies of making in narrative media extrinsic to the history museum, how is it possible to support new approaches to historical interpretation and enhance opportunities for learning and engagement in the history museum?

Thesis Description: 

This research project engages in an experiment in museum interpretation and display design with a collection of eighteenth century topographic prints and drawings. The experiment will be informed by an analysis of a series of case studies taken from documentary cinema, book illustration, and art gallery display. These case studies have been chosen because they suggest innovative ways to display and interpret historical pictures in the history museum, and in doing so, contribute to the discussion about creative museum design practice and innovative museum learning experience.

Background information:

Tom is on the Midlands4Cities DTP scheme with the Museum Studies Department at the University of Leicester. Having graduated in History of Art at the University of Glasgow, Tom has worked in education and interpretation with the National Trust and several local museums. He was awarded a CAHL Masters Excellence Studentship at the University of Leicester, where he has continued to refine a critical, creative interest in the interpretation of historical visual culture. 

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Professor Suzanne MacLeod (University of Leicester); Professor David Matless (University of Nottingham); and Professor Martin Halliwell (University of Leicester).

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

Co-editor of the University of Leicester Museological Review journal, 2019-2020.

'Ambient Narrative and the De-familiarisation of Landscape in Patrick Keiller's London (1994)', presentation delivered at the Slices of Everyday Lives Conference, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 19-20th September, 2019.

'Methodologies of Making: Transplanting Forms from Documentary-fiction into the History Museum', presentation to be delivered at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, August 26-30th, 2020.



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