Debroah Skinner

Deborah Skinner

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and International Studies


Senior Lecturer

Deborah Skinner leads the MA/PGDip Museum & Heritage Management programme and contributes to core undergraduate modules for History and Heritage. Deborah is a museum and heritage sector professional in addition to her teaching, in which she focuses upon Professional Development and Heritage Resource Management. Deborah draws upon her extensive network of professional contacts across the museum and heritage sector to inform learning and teaching activities. She is committed to the process of personal development through CPD and reflective and evaluative practices in preparation for the workplace and contributes to workforce development and CPD activities for staff and volunteers working in the museum and heritage sector.

Career overview

With over 30 years' experience as a collections specialist, the majority spent with a 'Designated' collection of international significance, Deborah brings knowledge and understanding of collections management at a high level. Deborah's work in the field of historic buildings has been further extended through her AHRC funded fellowship with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Buildings at Risk register maintained by English Heritage. Her involvement with the Arts Council funded project Innovation in Museum Displays has maintained her working relationships with small and medium-sized regional museums and knowledge of effective interpretation strategies.

Deborah sits on the Gallery Curatorial Group and the Lace Collection Steering Group at NTU.

Research areas

Funded collaborative projects with building conservation specialists, museum and heritage staff and volunteers alongside Deborah's consultancy in the fields of collections development and standards assessment are ongoing and underpin learning / teaching activities and developmental work towards new research projects in her field. Collaborative projects across the museum and heritage sector are a focus of her research activity.

External activity

Deborah's consultancy work as an assessor for Arts Council England's Museums Accreditation and Designation schemes has given her experience of and input into strategies and policies at the highest level within organisations and the opportunity to influence the Museums sector at local, regional and national level. She has also been a professional assessor for candidates of the UK Museums Association AMA CPD scheme. In addition to her professional roles, Deborah serves as a trustee for several charities including the Raven Mason Collection, Keele University and as treasurer of the Reginald Haggar Memorial Fund Lecture Programme.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research has been undertaken with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


Deborah's publications include regular contributions to journals in her area of specialism, the British ceramics industry, and related books and exhibition catalogues.