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University museums help achieve research impact

Museums hosted by universities play a vital role in research impact and engagement, a report by the University Museums Group UK has found.

Such museums respond to an “increasing expectation that universities and researchers will promote and extend their research impact”, the report says. And as many university museums are centres of collection-focused scholarships, which focus on specific academic areas and have specialist staff, they are “well-placed and well-equipped” to bring the results of research to wider audience, according to the group.

The report highlights the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading as an example of the usefulness of such institutions because it has a research fellowship scheme making use of its collections. In addition, the textiles department at the Glasgow School of Art used items from the school’s Archives and Collections Centre to work on an exhibition, publication and seminar.

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