Project: Learning from the Past

Our new research project Learning from the Past: Cultural Value, Then and Now, In Principle and Practice is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) investigation into Cultural Value.

The project objective is to show how an understanding of the ways in which cultural value was conceived, promoted and experienced in the past can illuminate how it is conceived, promoted and experienced today. Our focus is on the claims made for the benefits of visiting exhibitions and museums in the city of Manchester in relation the evidence of visitors’ actual experiences, from the mid-19th century to 2010. We are looking at a range of scientific and art exhibitions: the Manchester Mechanics Institute, Manchester Art Gallery, the Manchester Art Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

The final project report will be available online in early 2014.

A partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Principle Investigator, Professor Helen Rees Leahy; Research Associate, Dr Rob McCombe.

Read the AHRC Cultural Value blog.