Institute of Archaeology


Chris Hudson - Honorary Senior Lecturer

Chris Hudson

Chris Hudson is a museum/exhibition designer with a BA in 3D Design and a post graduate Diploma in Development Planning. His first job - working on temporary and permanent exhibitions at the British Museum - led to an interest in Latin America. Initially working as British Volunteer Programme coordinator in Ecuador, he stayed on to design the Museo Arqueológico del Banco del Pacífico in Guayaquil and later returned to work on site museums at Salango and Agua Blanca (Ecuador) and at Ollantaytambo (Peru).

In the UK he designed the Kilmartin House Museum of prehistory (winner of both Gulbenkian and Scottish Museum of the Year awards) and visitor centre displays at the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial ground (for The National Trust). Recent work includes advising the Stonehenge Project (English Heritage), an exhibition about Far East Prisoners of War, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and an exhibition of medieval stonework (the Cloister Gallery) at Dorchester Abbey which was short-listed for the 2006 Gulbenkian Prize.

He has most recently completed new Prehistoric Wiltshire galleries for the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, which house one of the best Bronze Age collections in the UK.

Research Interests

  • Museum design and heritage interpretation
  • Public engagement with heritage
  • Widening access to heritage
  • Community museums
  • Community tourism
  • Stone circles

Chris teaches and supervises students on the MA in Public Archaeology degree programme, lecturing on the presentation of the past at sites and museums. He is currently writing up the experience of revisiting a community site museum in Ecuador after 25 years, presented at the South American Archaeology seminar in November 2015 and published by MUSEUM International in 2016.


Selected recent publications

  • Tourism and community: an ecuadorian village builds on its past (with Maria-Isabel Silva and Colin McEwan). MUSEUM International Vol. 68 No 269-270, ICOM 2016.
  • Dorchester Abbey Cloister Gallery Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, 2006.
  • Close to the wind: archaeology and landscape interpretation in Scotland. MUSEUM International No 200, Unesco 1998.
  • Archaeology and community: a village museum in Ecuador (with Colin McEwan and Maria-Isabel Silva). MUSEUM International No 178, Unesco 1993.
  • Architects! A village museum in Ecuador. Museum Design No 3. Group of Designers & Interpreters in Museums, 1990.
  • Quincha (Traditional technique for rendering coastal buildings). TRAMA Architectural Magazine No 49. Quito, 1990.
  • Comunidad e arqueología en Manabí (Community and archaeology in Manabí). Revista de Arqueología No 1, ARAS. Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1990.
  • Diseño museográfico - ciudad y campo (Museum design - town and country). Department of Architecture, University of Cuenca. Ecuador, January 1990.
  • Focussing pride in the past - Agua Blanca, Ecuador (with Colin McEwan). MUSEUM No 154, Unesco 1987.
  • Museo - experiencia educacional animativa (English title: Museum - container or contained?). TRAMA Architectural Magazine No 15. Quito, October 1979.