Kyle Lee-Crossett

Vision and decision- making in archives and collections

My research investigates decision-making in archives and collections, particularly around what it means to include ‘diversity’, and how ‘difficult’ materials are identified and incorporated across a wide range of disciplines and fields.  

By studying how a contemporary buzzword like diversity is (or is not) actually practiced within archives and collections, my aims are: to learn where collecting difference is benign, and where it is challenging, and to understand how diversity and differences fit within the different representations of the world that collections create.

I am currently undertaking ethnographic research with public archives and collections in Greater London.

Within the Heritage Studies section, my work engages with areas of anthropology, archive studies, museum studies, feminist and queer theory, and social theory more broadly. My PhD is part of the Heritage Futures research project.

Funding organisation

  • UCL Studentship


 Educational background

  • BA (Hons), Archaeology and English literature minor, Stanford University, 2013
  • MA (Distinction), Public Archaeology, UCL, 2015

Lee-Crossett, K. (2015) ‘Queering the Centre: An archaeology of settlement, loss, and identity’. Paper Presentation at the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Bradford University, 14-16 December

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