Dr David Farrell-Banks is a research associate on the UK Research and Innovation funded project Museums, Crisis and Covid-19: Vitality and Vulnerabilities, having joined the project in September 2021. The project is in collaboration with the Museums Association, NI Museums Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and regional museums in Northern Ireland.
This project continues a long interest in the role of the past in our everyday lives in the present. His past research has covered topics as diverse as uses of the past in far right political discourse and the role of archaeology as a safe workspace for adults with autism.
He has published work in the Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, and the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. His first monograph, Affect and Belonging in Political Uses of the Past, is currently under review. He has contributed a chapter to the open access edited collection European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices, and has additional chapters soon to be published on topics including European heritage and belonging, and the ethics of researching heritage, archaeology and the far right.