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Dr. Jamie Larkin

Assistant Professor
Creative and Cultural Industries
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Creative and Cultural Industries
Office Location: Center for Creative and Cultural Industries [428 N. Glassell St.], Office 102
Office Hours: Wed 10 a.m.–noon; and by appointment
University of East Anglia, Bachelor of Arts
University College London, Master of Arts
University College London, Ph.D.


I am interested in the ways in which cultural institutions and contemporary society interact. My research is focused on museums, particularly the ways in which they generate revenue and how this influences the way culture is created and valued. My forthcoming monograph on the history of museum retailing, ‘Museum Merchandizing: A History of Consuming Culture’ will be published by Routledge in 2024.

More recently, my work has turned towards issues concerning museums and sustainability in the context of the Climate Crisis, particularly through the lens of the museum shop.

Prior to coming to Chapman, I worked on the AHRC funded project 'Mapping Museums: The History and Geography of the UK Museum Sector, 1960-2020’ at Birkbeck, University of London. This interdisciplinary research generated the most extensive data ever amassed on UK museums and produced in a fully searchable digital database (launched March 2020) that enables innovative analysis and visualization of museum trends.

I have continued my association with this research team with the follow-on project ‘Museums in the Pandemic’, funded by UKRI, in which we used big data approaches to understand issues of closure and resilience in the UK museum sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More information on both projects can be found here and here.
I have taught at University College London, UK, and been a Visiting Researcher at the University of South Florida, USA, and Visiting Professor at the Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy.

I am currently Co-Editor of the journal Museums and Social Issues(with Dr. Colin Sterling).

Research interests: museums; museum history; museum policy; cultural industries; cultural policy; museums as institutions; commercialization of culture; heritage studies; cultural memory.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications