Dr Jennie Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Heritage

History Stirling

Dr Jennie Morgan

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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Programme Director of the MSc Heritage at the University of Stirling (https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/heritage/). Having joined the Division of History, Heritage and Politics in 2018, I now teach across a wide range of core and option modules on both the BA Hons (Heritage and Tourism) and the MSc Heritage courses. I am active in the University's Cultural Heritage Programme and the Centre for Environment, Heritage, and Policy.

Prior to joining Stirling, I was a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, where I worked on the Profusion-theme of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures research programme (https://heritage-futures.org).

Trained as a Social Anthropologist (PhD Manchester, UK), I have worked on a range of interdisciplinary projects that span my interests in organisational anthropology, contemporary museum practice and theory, cultural heritage, and ethnographic methodologies (including the sensory, visual, and creative knowledge-exchange). This is reflected in my associate membership of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage in Berlin (http://www.carmah.berlin/people/).

I am a member of various professional bodies (see below). I sit on the Editorial boards for 'Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice' and 'Review of Scottish Culture'. I am regularly invited to peer review for high-profile academic journals, most recently the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Material Culture, Museums and Social Issues, Memory Studies, Museum & Society, and Curator: The Museum Journal.

I supervise taught and research postgraduate student projects on a range of topics. Recent examples include: intersectional feminism in museums; immersive technologies in museum storytelling; decolonising heritage; the Scottish ecomuseum concept; museum collecting of intangible cultural heritage; hospital and medical museum collections; object biography and museologial intepretation; and indigenous museology.

My past and present professional activities have brought me into collaboration and networks with a range of arts, heritage, and museum organisations. For example: Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Church of Scotland, Collections Trust, Encounters Arts, Glasgow Museums, Historic Environment Scotland, Leighton Historic Library (Dunblane), New Schoolhouse Gallery (York), York Museums Trust, UK Museums Association.

Below you will find a select CV with examples of recent achievements, events and activities. For a further list (including publications) please see 'outputs'.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Advisor of Studies MSc Heritage
University of Stirling
Ongoing since 2019

Programme Director MSc Heritage
University of Stirling
Ongoing since 2019 For information on the Programme https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/heritage/

Event / Presentation

2018 Co-Organiser/Chair 'Toolkits across Borders: Assembling Methods-futures for Critical Heritage Studies', Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, September
Zhejiang University

2018 Invited Respondent, 'Conservation Ethics and Approaches' Conference, The Engine Shed Stirling, December
Historic Environment Scotland

2018 Paper Presented 'The Human Bower: Exploring Heritage-Futures Through a Participatory Research-Arts Event’, All Things Considered: Material Culture and Memory Conference, November
University College Cork

2019 Invited Discussant, 'Theoretical and Methodological Entanglements in De/Colonial Europe', EU Horizon 2020 funded European Colonial Heritage Modalities project, February
University of Amsterdam

2019 Invited Speaker, 'Grappling with Profusion’, Intercultural Research Centre Symposium ‘Scotland at a Crossroads: Heritage Past and Futures’, March
Heriot-Watt University

2019 Profusion in Heritage Futures, Social History Curators Group Conference 'The Future of Social History: Who Are We Curating For?', Edinburgh, July

2020 Invited International Keynote, Canterbury New Zealand Heritage Awards (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)

2020 Invited Keynote, Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference
University of Stirling

2020 Invited Panellist 'Collections Disposal' Webinar by the Collections Trust / Social History Curators Group, July
Recording available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBRiZWx9Kw&feature=youtu.be

2021 Conversation on 'Cultures of Care' with Dr Nuala Morse (Leicester University), Museum Ethnographers Group Conference, May (online)

2021 Invited Public Lecture, 'What to keep?', Studium Generale Outreach Department, March (online)
University of Groningen

2023 Invited Seminar: 'Finds, fragments, fixtures and fittings: Object collections in built heritage organisations', ICOMOS / Heritage New Zealand, 2 May
An invited seminar for ICOMOS and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga heritage professionals in Christchurch, New Zealand (2 May 2023).

2023 Paper presented 'Taking Care of the Workers: Understanding Museum and Heritage Professionals’ Emotionally Laden Work', Care-ful Museums Conference Nottingham Trent University, 29 June
Co-presented with Dr Anna Woodham, King's College London.

2024 Invited seminar 'Taking Care of the Workers: Understanding Museum and Heritage Professionals' Emotionally Laden Work', CEHP University of Stirling, 26 March
University of Stirling
Co-presented with Dr Anna Woodham (King's College London)

2024 Museum Futures, SGSAH Discipline Catalyst+ Museums & Cultural Studies PhD Training Event, 7 May
With Dr Jordan Kistler (Strathclyde)

2024 Paper presented 'New Futures of Care: Investigating emotionally laden work in museums', Social History Curators Group Conference, June
Dr Anna Woodham (King's College London) presenting author


External PhD Examiner - University of Leicester (2022), Internal PhD Examiner and Independent Reviewer - University of Stirling (2022)

Other Academic Activities

Stirling representative for the Discipline+ Catalyst for Cultural and Museum Studies, Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

Four year appointment (2023-2027)

Co-PI for 'Favela Stories: Sporting practices and building community resilience in Rio de Janeiro during the COVID-19 pandemic', Stirling Crucible funded £2,990
University of Stirling

I am presently collaborating with Dr Claudio Rocha (University of Stirling) on this UoS Crucible 'New Collaborator' grant funded project. The project aims to initiate a new interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers within the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities by investigating the meanings and values favela residents attach to sporting practices (and connected spaces, sites, objects, memories, stories, networks) and how these have contributed to resilience in the face of this global crisis.

Invited Organising Committee Member/ 'Museum Futures' Theme Lead, ACHS2020: Futures 5th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, August 2020
University College London


Editorial Board Member, Review of Scottish Culture
University of Edinburgh

Invited Editorial Board Member, Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice
Ongoing appointment since 2017

NIKU Visiting Research Fellowship, Oslo (Norway) 14-21 August 2022
Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Professional membership

Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Museum Ethnographers Group

Museums Association

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Professional qualification

Associate Fellow HEA (recognition reference PR160814)
Higher Education Academy

Supervision of Research Assistants

Lead Supervisor for 'Unlocking the hidden stories, values, and lives of the HES Trinity House object collection' PhD. Scottish Heritage Consortium AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) funded
University of Stirling and Historic Environment Scotland

Doctoral researcher: Alina Botezatu (expected completion 2026). Partner organisation: Historic Environment Scotland

Second Supervisor for 'The Past We Inherit, The Future We Shape: Investigating Sustainable and Creative Futures for Heritage Organisations with Social Purpose' PhD. SGSAH Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) funded
University of Stirling

Doctoral researcher: Hanneke Booji (expected completion 2023). Partner organisation: Glasgow Buildings Preservation Trust

University Contribution

Member of Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy
University of Stirling

Member of Cultural Heritage Research Programme
University of Stirling

Member of FaH Health & Wellbeing Research Group
University of Stirling

Member of Stirling Postcolonial Studies Reading Group
University of Stirling


I am an interdisciplinary scholar. My main research interest in the field of cultural heritage is the theory and practice of contemporary museums, which I often approach through the lens of organisational ethnography. I am especially interested in changing ideas of what museums are (or what they could be in the future), and how these ideas are experienced and articulated through the everyday practice of professionals working in these institutions.

My PhD (Manchester, UK) explored the legacy of a major refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, which was intended to increase the museum’s social value and impact. My starting point was questions such as ‘what does it mean to be a curator in an object-based, multidisciplinary, and storytelling museum?’. Grounded in twelve-months on-site ethnographic fieldwork - following the work of curators, conservators, managers, designers, cleaners, and volunteer tour-guides, amongst others - I argued for an expanded understanding of who and what implements, sustains, and ultimately shapes the dynamics of museological change (e.g., Morgan, 2018).

Since then, I have developed my interest in professional work, identity, and the 'hidden' or ‘overlooked’ elements of organisational life in new research contexts. As a postdoctoral researcher at Loughborough University, I worked on two interdisciplinary and applied projects to generate ethnographic accounts of ‘tacit’ ways of knowing how to work safely. My research revealed the role of the sensory, affective, embodied, and improvisational, and developed ‘short-term’ ethnographic methods as ‘intense routes to knowing’ (Pink and Morgan, 2013) including autoethnographic (Morgan and Pink, 2017).

I was a named Researcher on the Profusion-theme of the AHRC funded Heritage Futures research programme (2015-2019): https://heritage-futures.org/profusion/. I examined the everyday future-keeping practices of householders and smaller museums faced with material and digital abundance and the complex yet subtle values, emotions, and judgements that shape selections. I explored a range of sub-topics, including contemporary collecting, significance assessment, future-making and disposal in museums (e.g., Macdonald and Morgan 2019; 2018). The Heritage Futures project held a range of creative and exploratory Knowledge Exchange events, including a workshop I designed bringing together museum curators with a professional declutterer (https://heritage-futures.org/curating-domestic-profusion-workshop/). I also undertook an arts-research collaboration with Shelley Castle of Encounters Arts (Morgan and Castle, forthcoming 2023). The Heritage Futures research informed an exhibition at the Manchester Museum (https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/upcomingexhibitions/heritagefutures/). A book - "Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices" (2020) - is available Open Access: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/125036

I continue to think, research, and write on these areas , while more broadly engaging with non-representational theory; phenomenological anthropology; material culture, critical heritage and museum studies approaches. I am currently involved in a number of research projects and networks where my diverse interests and expertise intersect, including a Royal Society of Edinburgh (2023/2024) funded workshop grant exploring emotions in museum work (with Co-PI Dr Anna Woodham, King's College London). I am always happy to discuss potential future collaboration so don't hesitate to get in touch!

Outputs (42)


Book Review

Morgan J (2021) Book review: Exploring Emotion, Care, and Enthusiasm in Unloved Museum Collections, edited by Anna Woodham, Rhianedd Smith and Alison Hess, Leeds, ARC Humanities Press, 2020. Review of: Exploring Emotion, Care, and Enthusiasm in “Unloved” Museum Collections, edited by Anna Woodham, Rhianedd Smith and Alison Hess, Leeds, ARC Humanities Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781641890557. Science Museum Group Journal, 15 (15). https://doi.org/10.15180/211508

Book Chapter

Morgan J (2020) Doomed?. In: Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 238-248. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356009

Book Chapter

Morgan J (2020) The Human Bower. In: Harrison R, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Breithoff E, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (eds.) Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 223-237.

Book Chapter

Morgan J & Macdonald S (2020) Curating Domestic Profusion. In: Harrison R, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Breithoff E, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (eds.) Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 202-222. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356009

Book Chapter

Fredheim H, Macdonald S & Morgan J (2020) Curating Museum Profusion. In: Harrison R, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Breithoff E, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (eds.) Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 169-189. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356009

Book Chapter

Macdonald S, Morgan J & Fredheim H (2020) Too many things to keep for the future?. In: Harrison R, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Breithoff E, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (eds.) Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 155-168. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356009

Book Chapter

Harrison R, DeSilvery C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2020) Discussion and conclusions. In: Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 465-489.


Harrison R, McGhie H, Bartolini N, Macdonald S, Holtorf C, DeSilvey C, Morgan J, May S, Penrose S, Lyons A & Fredheim H Heritage Futures, Manchester Museum.


Bartolini N, Breithoff E, DeSilvey C, Fredhiem H, Harrison R, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2018) Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage. Context, (155), pp. 22-24. http://ihbc.org.uk/page55/context_archive/index.html

Conference Proceeding

Macdonald S & Morgan J (2018) How can we know the future? Uncertainty, transformation, and magical techniques of significance assessment in museum collecting. In: Assessment of Significance: Deuten - Bedeuten - Umdeuten. Assessment of Significance: Interpretation - Implication - Reinterpretation, 11.05.2017-13.05.2017. Berlin, Germany: Deutsches Historisches Museum, pp. 20-26.

Website Content

Morgan J (2017) Torbay's Hidden Treasures. Heritage Futures [Website Blog Post] 09.10.2017. https://heritage-futures.org/torbays-hidden-treasures/


Morgan J (2017) Archives in Place. Heritage Futures [Video] 01.05.2017. https://heritage-futures.org/archives-in-place/

Website Content

Morgan J (2017) The end of plenty? Museums collecting archaeology. Heritage Futures [Website blog post] 19.03.2017. https://heritage-futures.org/end-plenty-museums-collecting-archaeology/


Morgan J & Macdonald S (2017) Curating profusion - from connoisseurship to mediation? (Presentation) Museumslabor Seminar Series, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Humboldt University, Berlin, 16.01.2017-16.01.2017. http://www.carmah.berlin/events/talk-sharon-macdonald-and-jennie-morgan-curating-profusion-from-connoisseurship-to-mediation/

Website Content

Morgan J (2017) Storii. Heritage Futures [Website blog post] 01.01.2017. https://heritage-futures.org/storii/


Bartolini N, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2016) Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers. Past Matters, Research Futures - Conference for Early Career Researchers, London, 12.12.2016-13.12.2016. https://heritage-futures.org/performing-processes-challenges-early-career-researchers/


Harrison R, Bartolini N, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2016) Heritage Futures. Archaeology International, 19, pp. 68-72. https://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1912

Website Content

Morgan J (2016) The Ethics of Dust. Heritage Futures [Website Blog] 31.08.2016. https://www.heritage-futures.org/the-ethics-of-dust/

Project Report

Gibb A, Pinder J, Bust P, Cheyne A, Dainty A, Fray M, Finneran A, Glover J, Hartley R, Haslam R, Jones W, Morgan J, Pink S, Waterson P & Yolande Gosling E (2016) Engagement of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in occupational safety and health: Project know-how. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Leicester. https://www.iosh.co.uk/Books-and-resources/Health-and-safety-in-a-changing-world/SMEs-and-micro-organisations-engagement-with-occupational-safety-and-health.aspx

Book Chapter

Morgan J (2012) Morgan, J. (2012) 'The cleaning cupboard: An ethnographic look at the production of newness at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum'. In: F. von Bose, K. Poehls, F. Schneider, and A. Schulze (Eds), Museum-X, Panama Verlag, pp.56-64. In: von Bose F, Poehls K, Schneider F & Schulze A (eds.) Museum-X. Museum-X, Berliner Blätter 57/2011. Berlin: Panama Verlag. https://www.panama-verlag.de/programm/museum-x/




ARTUHR5 Exhibition Interpretation & Design (Lecturer)

ARTUMU5 The Museum: History, Theory, Practice (Module Coordinator & Lecturer)

HERPP01 Heritage: Critical Perspectives (Lecturer)

HERPP02 Research Skills (Lecturer)

HERPP06 Curating and Collecting: Approaches in Museums and Heritage (Module Coordinator & Lecturer)

HERPPPD MSc Heritage Dissertation (Supervisor)

HISU9X4 Back to the Future: Putting History & Heritage to Work (Seminar Tutor 2018/2019 & Guest Lecture)

HISU9X7/8 History Dissertation / History Dissertation for Combined Degrees (Supervisor)

HISUHX7 Heritage Portfolio (Module Coordinator & Supervisor)

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