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Jane Legget

Position title:
Head of Research
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About Jane

I aim to encourage researchers and artists to mine the Museum's diverse collections, documentary heritage, collection information and databases as extraordinarily rich knowledge resources for research in many fields and creative practice across art forms. Research partnerships with universities, museums, iwi, communities and other organisations and new researchers, including artists, local historians and naturalists, bring fresh insights, constantly increasing the collections' research value.

Research interests and projects

The multidisciplinary field of museum studies means that Auckland Museum itself offers a fruitful case for many studies. I am interested in the expanding roles of museums, and this has recently taken my own research in a new direction, investigating how museums can serve a new audience for museum programmes: visitors with dementia and their carers.

Visiting the Museum Together is a collaboration with a community health organisation, Alzheimer's Auckland and the University of Auckland, developing a model for museum visits for a special audiences. I am supervising two doctoral students at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), one investigating how reconceptualising 'blockbuster exhibitions' as 'events' can benefit both host institutions and host cities and the other applying value-chain analysis to support effective development of heritage craft villages in Vietnam's tourism sector.

Promoting our collections to researchers in all fields, especially postgraduate students, developing collaborations and investigating funding opportunities to support innovative research all enhance the Museum's value to its many communities of interest.

Selected research publications

  • McGuigan, K., Legget, J. & Horsburgh, M. (2015). Visiting the museum together: Evaluating a programme at Auckland Museum for people living with dementia and their carers, Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

  • Legget, J. (2012). Using concept mapping and stakeholder focus groups in a museum management case study. Field guide to case study research in tourism, hospitality and leisure, 6.

  • Legget, J. (2012). From sugar as industry to sugar as heritage: changing perceptions of the Chelsea Sugar Works. Pp 191-209 in: Jolliffe L. (ed) Sugar heritage and tourism in transitionBristol: Chanel View Publications.

  • Legget, J. (2009). Measuring what we treasure or treasuring what we measure? Investigating where community stakeholders locate the value in their museums. Museum management and curatorship (3), 213-232.

  • Legget, J. (2000). Restitution and Repatriation: Guidelines for good practice. London: Museums & Galleries Commission.