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Chris Whitehead

RF01 Leader

Chris Whitehead
Newcastle University - ICCHS

Chris Whitehead is Professor of Museology and member of the University's Cultural Affairs Steering Group and the Great North Museum's Board. He was Director of Research for the School of Arts and Cultures from 2006 until 2008 and again from 2010 to 2012 and was responsible for research strategy and income and the general development of the research environment in Fine Art, Art History, Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies and Music. From 2008 to 2010 he was Director of ICCHS.

Chris's research activities focus on both historical and contemporary museology. He has published extensively in the field of art museum history, with particular emphases on architecture, display and knowledge construction. His second major strand of activity relates to education and interpretation practices in art museums and galleries, and includes considerable government-funded and policy-relevant research. In the context of museological study he has interests in social constructionism, theories of representation, cartography, place and epistemology.


Selected publications:

Whitehead, Chris. 2012. Interpreting Art in Museums and Galleries. London: Routledge.

Whitehead, Chris. 2008. Museums and the Construction of Disciplines: art and archaeology in 19th century Britain. London: Duckworth Academic.

Whitehead, Chris. 2008. "Locating art. The display, construction and performance of place identity in art galleries." in Heritage and Identity: engagement and demission in the contemporary world. : Marta Anico and Elsa Peralta (ed). London: Routledge.

Whitehead, Chris. 2006. "Aesthetic Otherness, Authenticity and the Roads to Musicological Appropriation: Henry Cole's Travel Writing and the Making of the Victoria and Albert Museum." Studies in Travel Writing 10, (1): 1-26.

Whitehead, Chris. 2005. The Public Art Museum in Nineteenth Century Britain: The Development of the National Gallery. Farnham: Ashgate.