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Professor Fiona Candlin

BA (Leeds), MA (Sussex), PhD (Keele)
Professor of Museology

Fiona Candlin is the Principal Investigator on a large scale research project entitled ‘Mapping Museums: The history and geography of the UK independent sector 1960-2020’. In this capacity she collaborates with Alex Poulovassilis, Professor of Computer Science at Birkbeck. They lead an interdisciplinary research team that is collectively documenting, visualising, and analysing the recent development of the UK museum sector.

Candlin also collaborates with the Bishopsgate Institute on the ‘Micromuseums Archive’, and has published widely on various aspects of museums, particularly on the history, curation, and architecture of small independent museums. She co-edited The Object Reader (Routledge 2009) with Raiford Guins, and is the author of Art, Museums, and Touch (Manchester 2010) and Micromuseology: An analysis of small independent museums (Bloomsbury 2015). Her current writing retains an emphasis on grass roots venues and additionally focuses on definitions of museums and data collection within the museum sector.

She has been awarded research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Candlin teaches on the MA Museum Cultures, the BA History of Art, and supervises doctoral students working on museums and display.

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Department of History of Art
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD