About us

We provide a platform for innovative research, postgraduate teaching and professional development which engages with cultural and heritage producers and organisations in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Departmental Statement, July 2020

We, the staff of the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester, abhor racism and are committed to redressing the issues of discrimination and racialised disadvantage within our disciplines and our own teaching and research practice, and to decolonising our curriculum. We condemn the institutionalised racist oppression that led to the killing of George Floyd and fully support the Black Lives Matter movement. We are determined to produce a departmental culture which welcomes and supports BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disabled students and staff, and where everyone is equally recognised and can flourish.  


Whether you are a prospective student, a professional practitioner, a policy-maker or a researcher, we hope that the programmes and activities offered by the Institute will be of value and interest to you.

Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

The centre was established in 2009, as part of the Institute for Cultural Practices. Working with its sister Centre for Museology, it aims to:

  • provide an axis for engagement, collaboration and partnership between arts and cultural management professionals, sector organisations and higher education
  • provide a base for research, teaching, knowledge transfer and professional development relevant to arts and cultural professionals with particular interest in the areas of management, leadership, policy-making and strategic development.

Centre for Museology

The centre was launched in 2002, and works with its sister Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy, as part of the Institute for Cultural Practices. The centre aims to:

  • develop and promote teaching and learning in museum theory and practice, and create training opportunities for professionals in the arts and cultural sectors
  • undertake and promote research into the history, theory and practice of museums, and foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • promote academic and professional collaboration between the University and the museum profession in the North West, throughout the UK and overseas.