Dr Jennie Morgan

Lecturer in Heritage

History Stirling

Dr Jennie Morgan

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About me

I am a 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 also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists, Museums Association, Museum Ethnographers Group, and the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. After several years as Reviews Editor, I now sit on the Editorial board for 'Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice'. 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 partnership with a range of arts, heritage, and museum organisations. For example: Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Church of Scotland, Encounters Arts, Glasgow Museums, Historic Environment Scotland, Leighton Historic Library (Dunblane), New Schoolhouse Gallery (York), York Museums Trust.

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


Favela Stories: Sporting practices and building community resilience in Rio de Janeiro during the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

NIKU Visiting Research Fellowship, Oslo (Norway)
15-20 August 2022

Unlocking the hidden stories, values, and lives of the HES Trinity House object collection
Historic Environment Scotland
Successful AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship (2022/23 round). Co-supervisor with Professor Sian Jones in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Advisor of Studies MSc Heritage

MSc Heritage Programme Director

Event / Presentation

Cultures of Care
Conversation with Dr Nuala Morse (University of Leicester) for Museum Ethnographers Groups Conference, 6 May 2021

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

Invited Lecture University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Invited lecture for the Studium Generale outreach department on Profusion research March 2021

Invited panellist Collections Trust / Social History Curators Group
Live webinar panel organised by the Collections Trust on collections disposal, July 2020 (video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBRiZWx9Kw&feature=youtu.be)

Other Academic Activities

Local Organising Committee, 'ACHS2020: Futures' 5th Biennial Conference


Editorial Board, Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Professional qualification

Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy

Supervision of Research Assistants

Supervision Claire Eaglesham
"Experiencing the intangible: Communicating cultural meaning through storytelling and immersive technologies". Primary supervisor, Stuart Jeffrey, Glasgow School of Art. SGSAH AHRC DTP funded.

Supervision Hanneke Booij
Co-supervision with Professor Sian Jones (University of Stirling), Dr Chiara Bonacchi (University of Edinburgh) in partnership with the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. SGSAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) funded.


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 (https://heritage-futures.org/the-human-bower/). 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. Since joining Stirling, I have submitted grant applications on post-disaster heritage and translating UK-China creative industries (PI Dr Saihong Li, UoS), and am in process of developing new ideas focused on collecting and curating. I am involved in a number of research activities and networks where my diverse interests and expertise intersect, and am always happy to discuss potential future collaboration. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Outputs (33)



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/


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


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/

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)

HUMPR10 Cultural Politics of Decolonisation (Guest Lecturer)

Research programmes