Professor Elizabeth Crooke

Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

Derry~Londonderry campus

Room MA105,
BT48 7JL,

Arts and Humanities Research

Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies

Professor Elizabeth Crooke


Professor Elizabeth Crooke is Principal Investigator of UK Research and Innovation funded-project Museums, Crisis and Covid-19: Vitality and Vulnerabilities (Dec 2020-May 2022), which is investigating how the museum sector will emerge and refocus in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.

The project is in collaboration with the Museums Association, NI Museums Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and regional museums in Northern Ireland.

This new UKRI project builds on her position as a leading academic in museum and heritage studies and her close connection with the museum sector.

Her co-edited collection Heritage after Conflict: Northern Ireland (Routledge 2018) brought together scholars with varying perspectives on the heritage landscape in Northern Ireland post-1998.

Her peer reviewed journal articles can be found in Memory Studies; Cultural Geographies; International Journal of Heritage Studies; Irish Political Studies; Liminalities: Journal of Performance Studies; and Journal of the History of Collections.

In collaboration with the Irish Museums Association, she is co-supervising a Northern Bridge AHRC-funded Doctoral Research Project investigating the character and legacy of EU funding in the museum sector in Northern Ireland and border counties.

Elizabeth has been invited to speak at museum and academic events by the Association of Critical Heritage Studies UK, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Toronto, V&A, Trinity College Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, National Museum of Ireland, University of Stockholm, and University of Antwerp. She has examined PhDs at Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Limerick, Newcastle and Northumbria.

She has made a significant contribution to the Northern Ireland museum sector as Chair Board Directors, NI Museums Council (Sept 2015-Jan 2021) and as a current Board member.

She is part of the Museum Standards Programme Advisory Committee, Heritage Council (Ireland) and has served on the Board of Directors Irish Museums Association. She was CI on the AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre Living Legacies (2014-2019).