This project is investigating the socio-cultural impacts of museums and other cultural attractions.

Socio-cultural Impacts of Museums


The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

Project team

Prof. Tim Coles
Dr. Adrian Bailey
Fiona Hutchison (PhD Researcher)


PhD CASE Studentship

About the project

Culture-based strategies have been central to urban regeneration across the world, but maximizing these opportunities often involves significant investment from public bodies to drive major programmes of refurbishment and acquisition.  These are necessary to ensure that museums, galleries, libraries and archives are relevant to 21st Century consumers.

At the heart of recent attempts to evaluate this type of investment has been the so-called ‘triple bottom line’ of sustainable development; however, while the economic and environmental impacts of investments in museums and galleries are  better understood in relative terms, the socio-cultural impacts, especially within the local communities they serve, have received much less attention.

This three-year PhD studentship aims to investigate, capture and analyse the range of socio-cultural impacts generated by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in the period after its reopening in 2011. The RAMM is currently closed for a total refurbishment, the principal funders for which are Exeter City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund   Recognised as one of the South West’s major Museum Services, it has also benefited from the Renaissance programme of the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).


Service Processes and Operations
Travel, Transport and Sustainability




'The socio-cultural impacts of museums on the local community'

PhD Researcher Seminar Series 28/03/2011 Presentation slides - Hutchison  Podcast - Hutchison 

'The Social‐Cultural Impacts of Museums on their Local Communities' (Shorter version)

 Showcase Event  08/06/2011  Presentation slides - Hutchison  Short podcast - Hutchison

'Making the Case: the value of heritage education'

Keynote speech at Group for Education in Museums (GEM) Annual Conference 04-06/09/2012 Will be available shortly  



News items


'Podcast now available on our research project with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum'

News item 26 April 2011 Link