Research at NMDC member organisations

Looking at model boats at the British Museum © JD Hill Looking at model boats at the British Museum © JD Hill From archaeological excavations in China to work with survivors of Nazi persecution, and from symposia on performance art to seminars on conserving Old Masters, the holders of the UK's national collections and major regional museums perform a special role in leading and supporting research across the cultural sector. Our diverse collections are world-renowned and our research programmes similarly broad, enhancing existing knowledge of our subject matter and professional practice.

NMDC members welcome the opportunity to work with UK and international partners and are interested in discussing possible research projects and academic collaborations; please see contact details for individual organisations below.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Peter Wakelin, Director of Collections and Research: [email protected]

Beamish
- Simon Woolley, Head of Learning and Skills: [email protected]

Birmingham Museums Trust
- Toby Watley, Director of Collections: [email protected]

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
- Ray Barnett, Head of Collections: [email protected]

British Library
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Jude England, Head of Research Engagement: [email protected]

British Museum
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- JD Hill, Head of Research: [email protected]

Glasgow Museums
- Martin Bellamy, Research Manager: [email protected] 

Horniman Museum and Gardens
- Kirsten Walker, Director, Collections Management and Special Projects: [email protected]

Imperial War Museums
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research: [email protected] 

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- Matt Thompson, Senior Curator: [email protected]

Leeds Museums and Galleries
- John Donegan, Partnerships Co-ordinator: [email protected]

Manchester Art Gallery
- Ruth Shrigley, Principal Curator: Collections Access: [email protected]

Museum of London
- David Bowsher, Director of Research & Community: [email protected]

National Army Museum
- Alastair Massie, Head of Academic Access: [email protected]

National Gallery
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Marika Spring, Head of Science/Head of Research: [email protected]

National Galleries Scotland
- Patricia Allerston, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Scottish National Gallery: [email protected]

National Library of Scotland
- Robin Smith, Head of Collections and Interpretation: [email protected]

National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Duncan Redford, Head of Research: [email protected]

National Museums Northern Ireland
- Sinead McCartan, Head of Collections Research and Interpretation: [email protected]

National Museums Scotland
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Jane Carmichael, Director of Collections: [email protected]

National Portrait Gallery
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Peter Funnell, 19th Century Curator and Head of Research Programmes: [email protected]  

Natural History Museum
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- John Jackson, Science Policy Advisor: [email protected]

Norfolk Museums Service
- John Davies, Chief Curator: [email protected]

Oxford University Museums
- Professor Chris Howgego, Keeper, Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum: [email protected]
- Dr Silke Ackermann, Director, Museum of the History of Science: [email protected]
- Dr Sammy De Grave, Head of Research, Oxford University Museum of Natural History: [email protected]
- Michael O'Hanlon, Director, Pitt Rivers Museum: [email protected]

Royal Air Force Museum
- Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian: [email protected]

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
- Julien Parsons, Senior Collections Officer: [email protected]

Royal Armouries
- Thom Richardson, Deputy Master: [email protected]

Royal Museums Greenwich
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Nigel Rigby, Head of Research: [email protected]

Royal Pavilion, Museums & Libraries
- Sarah Posey, Head of Collections, Interpretation and Learning: [email protected]

Science Museum Group
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History: [email protected]

Tate
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Nigel Llewellyn, Head of Research: [email protected]

The National Archives
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Valerie Johnson, Head of Research: [email protected]

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
- Edwin Rutherford, Curator of Social History: [email protected]

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
- Amy Barker, Acting Research Manager 2014-15: [email protected]

University of Cambridge Museums
- Beverly Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden: [email protected]
- Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum: [email protected]
- Jenny Powell, Senior Curator, Kettle’s Yard: [email protected]
- Nick Thomas, Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: [email protected]
- Robin Osborne, Director, Museum of Classical Archaeology: [email protected]
- Paul Brakefield, Director, Museum of Zoology: [email protected]
- Heather Lane, Director, The Polar Museum: [email protected]
- Ken McNamara, Director, The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences: [email protected] 
- Liba Taub, Director, Whipple Museum of the History of Science: [email protected]        

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
(Accredited with Independent Research Organisation status)
- Bill Sherman, Head of Research: [email protected]

Wallace Collection
- Andrea Gilbert, Librarian: [email protected]

York Museums Trust
- Alison Bodley, Senior Curator, History and Archaeology: [email protected]
- Jenny Alexander, Senior Curator, Art and Science: [email protected]

Collaborative Doctoral Award students outside Imperial War Museum London © IWM Collaborative Doctoral Award students outside Imperial War Museum London © IWM