Duncan Grewcock

Duncan Grewcock

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


Dr Grewcock's role combines teaching and research with professional engagement. On the MA in Museum and Heritage Management course his teaching focuses on research practice, interpretation, contemporary collecting and civil engagement. He also supervises MA theses and acts as Admissions Tutor for the course. For the BA History programme Dr Grewcock teaches on Museums, Collecting and Heritage at Level 2.

Career overview

From 2009-2014 Dr Grewcock was a Senior Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies at Kingston University, London where he was responsible for developing a new MA Museum and Gallery Studies programme through collaboration with several museums in the capital including the V&A, Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Kingston Museum & Heritage Service, and the Natural History Museum.

Before gaining his PhD in Museum Studies from University College London (2009) Dr Grewcock worked for the international museum planning firm LORD Cultural Resources. During his time with the company he worked on wide range of planning and development projects for clients from the smallest volunteer-run organisations to the largest international museums and galleries. For example, he helped plan and deliver several successful applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund including at the Tank Museum, Bovington, where he helped to secure £12 million over two projects: At Close Quarters that successfully relaunched the Museum to the public in June 2009 and the Vehicle Conservation Centre that opened in September 2013 (in a freelance capacity).

Research areas

Dr Grewcock's research falls into three main areas of interest:

  • the relationships between the museum, place and the contemporary city
  • experimentation with creative academic practices: 'museology as the practice of a craft'
  • research towards a theory of museum planning and development: 'the museum as craft.'

He has a particular interest in the interdisciplinary engagement between museums, museum studies and human geography through the exploration and articulation of new 'museum geographies' and pursuing a more expansive and generous conception of creative museum-academic practice, particularly through photography, film, and different approaches to recording and writing.

Dr Grewcock is currently supervising two PhD students:

  • Jane Wildgoose: 'Collecting and Interpreting Human Skulls and Hair in Late Nineteenth Century London: Passing Fables and Comparative Readings at the Wildgoose Memorial Library – an artist's response to the DCMS Guidance for the Care of Human Remains in Museums (2005)' (a fine art, practice-based PhD), (2011 -)
  • Stephanie Stroh: 'Theatricality and Performance in Post-Museum Practice', (2012 -)

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School. Dr Grewcocok is interested in supervising projects that encourage academic experimentation in museum and heritage studies, projects that focus on museums and their urban contexts, museum planning and development, and projects exploring museum geographies.

External activity

As a museum planner Dr Grewcock's work has included leading the preparation and construction of successful Heritage Lottery Fund applications, audience development planning, and projects helping to increase access to, and understanding of, the UK's natural and built heritage. Clients include: Tate, Jewish Museum London, Department for Culture Media and Sport, The Foundling Museum, English Heritage, National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Flemish Mining Museum. He has also worked for numerous local authorities in the UK for sites including: Hastings Castle, Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle, Forty Hall & Estate, Honeywood Museum, Eastbury Manor House, Purbeck Landscape Partnership, William Morris Gallery, Lincoln City & County Museum (now The Collection).


Doing Museology Differently. Grewcock D, 2014, London, Routledge

Before, during, and after: front-end, formative, and summative evaluation. Grewcock D in (eds) Lord B and Piacente M, Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second edition, 2014, 33-40, Rowan and Littlefield

Performing heritage (studies) at the Lord Mayor’s Show. Grewcock D, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2014, 20 (7-8), 760-781

Fragments from a slippery city. Grewcock D, Paperweight, 2011, 1 (2)

Mo' better museum? Grewcock D, KIOSK, 2010, 4

Museums of cities and urban futures: new approaches to urban planning and the opportunities for museums of cities. Grewcock D, Museum International, 2006, 58 (3)

The Data Game.  Grewcock D, Museum Practice, 2002, 21 (December)

Buildings that work. Grewcock D, New Heritage, 2001, 4

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