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Mapping Museums

Mapping Museums is a four year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is based in the Department of History of Art and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck.

The research team:

  • collected and validated data on over 4,000 museums
  • devised a new system for museum subject classification
  • designed a database that allows that information to be browsed, searched, and visualised in nuanced ways
  • analysed the data and identified patterns in the emergence, distribution, and closure of museums, produced a findings report
  • investigated trends in the data through historical and interview-based research

The project website including the database and research findings is at

Jews, Money, Myth wins award

The Jewish Museum London has won the 2019 Museums Change Lives Award for Jews, Money, Myth, an exhibition developed in partnership with the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Birkbeck.

In May 2019 Centre for Museum Cultures hosted a discussion about the exhibition with Anthony Bale, Joanne Rosenthal, and Marc Volovici. Anthony Bale, Professor of Medieval Studies at Birkbeck, David Feldman, Professor of History and Director of the Pears Institute, and Dr Volovici, Pears Institute Early Career Fellow, acted as academic advisors for the exhibition.

Read more about the award on Birkbeck News.