Guest blogger

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Join Date

June 2014

What I do

Elizabeth holds an AHRC research grant to define and conceptualise R&D for the arts and cultural sector drawing on the work of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, which is a Nesta, Arts Council England and AHRC partnership project. 


Elizabeth is an academic at Northumbria University. She is a qualified archivist and curator with over 20 years' practical and research experience in heritage management, technology and information rights law. She has worked in a range of public sector and private sector organisations.

Elizabeth has recently been awarded an AHRC research grant to define research and development (R&D) within the cultural sector in order to influence strategic decisions by cultural organisations and funding decisions by policymakers. Relatively little theoretical and empirical research has been undertaken into how cultural institutions approach R&D and this work will seek to address the gap taking into account the viewpoints of those from beyond the traditional boundaries of academia. A key data source will be the projects which are being funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

She holds a first degree in history and a Masters in Archives Studies from UCL. Whilst at the Victoria and Albert Museum she studied as a curator and obtained AMA status. She has since obtained a PhD from Northumbria University where she currently lectures. She is a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and also the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Research.

Beyond academia and the arts, Elizabeth juggles family life with a love of travel and cinema.