Professor Elizabeth Crooke
Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies
Professor Crooke is active in the academic area of museum studies as well as working with museums and everyday museum practice. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College.
Elizabeth has been invited to speak at museum and academic events at the University of Toronto, Victoria and Albert Museum, University College Dublin and University of Antwerp and has examined PhDs at Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff and Newcastle.
She is closely involved in the museum sector in Ireland. For a number of years was on the Board of Directors Northern Ireland Museums Council and previously a member of Museums and Archives Committee of Heritage Council.
Elizabeth is currently a member of the Museum Standards Programme advisory committee of the Heritage Council and Judge of the Museum of the Year Awards.
In 2006 she curated Passions and Possessions: Collecting Past and Present with Fermanagh County Museum and is currently involved in the project Connection and Division, which is a partnership between Fermanagh County Museum, Inniskillings Museum and the Tower Museum, Derry.
1999 PhD (British Academy) Cambridge University
1994 M.Phil. Archaeological Heritage and Museums Cambridge University
1993 BA (Hons) Geography and Economics Trinity College Dublin
Elizabeth's first major publication considered impact of nationalism on how archaeology was valued in nineteenth century Ireland, particularly how it influenced the development of a national antiquities collection and the creation of what is now known as the National Museum of Ireland.
She continues to research cultural, political and identity issues in relation to museums. This is evident in her work on museums and community and that on the representation of contested histories in Northern Ireland's museums.
She is currently working on the area of museums and biography, which considers themes such as material culture studies, identity, representation and memory. This research includes interviewing families who donated artefacts to the Free Derry Museum.