Institute of Archaeology


Museums in Family Life

23 May 2023, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Three people (two adults and a child) interacting in a museum/gallery space

Professor Theano Moussouri (UCL Institute of Archaeology) will give her Inaugural Lecture at UCL on 23 May.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Prof Andrew Reynolds


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom


Museums play a central role in families’ participation in culture, politics and social life. Inasmuch as families comprise more than half of all visitors, there has been a considerable number of research studies looking into why and how families engage with museums, and what role museums play in the family social life.  In this lecture, I draw on a number of family studies to reflect on how contemporary families experience and derive meaning from museum objects, collections and activities. I will discuss how particular family practices might align (or not) with dominant museum participation practices; and also how these different contexts are culturally ordered spaces where social practices of different families are valued differently.

Doors will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

About the Speaker

Theano Moussouri

Professor of Museum Studies at UCL Institute of Archaeology

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Theano Moussouri is Professor of Museum Studies and Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. She is a member of the UCL Food, Metabolism and Society Domain where she currently serves as a management representative for social sciences for the UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training. She is Associate Editor for Curator: The Museum Journal. Her primary research interests are in knowledge construction and meaning making in museums, and in the role that food heritage can play in transitioning to present-day sustainable food systems.

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