Amy Shakespeare

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: Museology and Heritage Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Penryn Campus

My working title is 'The Legacy of Material Culture Repatriation on Museum Practice'. I am researching how we interpret repatriation for the public, and the spaces left by repatriated objects, the ethics and conditions of exchanges between museums and source communities, the role of replicas and digitisation, and the long-term impacts on museums and communities. More broadly, I am interested in how the discourse surrounding repatriation has changed over recent years, particularly in light of the Sarr-Savoy report. My project is being supervised by Professor Bryony Onciul and Professor Caitlin Desilvey.

I have previously worked in Visitor Experience for the National Trust and now work for Cornwall Museums Partnership, a charity that exists to create positive change with museums. I am the Innovation Manager, heading up the Research and Development arm of the charity - predominantly looking at ways the sector can harness the potential of immersive technology to become more relevant, accessible, and engaging.

I completed my BA (Hons) in History at the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus in 2014, then had a short break from academia before completing my MA in Heritage and Interpretation at the University of Leicester whilst working full-time in January 2020.