Elizabeth Crooke is Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Ulster. Within the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre Elizabeth hopes to get involved with museums and local community groups that are keen to investigate new stories or perspectives on the First World War. Elizabeth would like to link up with museums, individuals or groups with artefacts, letters, diaries or photographs associated with First World War. If you are interested in displaying those collections, as well as interpreting and sharing their significance, please contact Elizabeth.
Elizabeth has an established record of working with local museums on exhibitions, research projects and events. Most recently she worked on the Heritage Lottery funded research and exhibition project Connection and Division,which involved Museum and Heritage Service in Derry/Londonderry, Fermanagh County Museum and Inniskillings Museum. This was an initiative that aimed to improve the representation the period within the museum collections with the purpose to ‘challenge preconceptions and highlight hidden histories for the period 1910 to 1930’. Elizabeth is continuing to work with Fermanagh County Museum on the project History of Fermanagh in 100 Objects (funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation), which includes her Master’s students researching the collections under the guidance of museum staff.
Elizabeth is Course Director of the campus and distance learning Master’s programmes in that subject area. She has published on the history of museums and collections in Ireland and Northern Ireland, museums and nationalism, museums and community, and the display of contested histories in museums. Recently she has completed a book chapter on the display of Easter Rising artefacts in Northern Ireland’s museums.
Further information on Elizabeth can be found at: https://ulster.academia.edu/ElizabethCrooke
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