Centre for Critical Heritage Studies


Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Annual Public Lecture with Nick Merriman

09 October 2019, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm


UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies is delighted to welcome Nick Merriman, Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum for its third Annual Public Lecture.

Event Information

Open to





Cecile Bremont – Centre for Critical Heritage Studies
+44 20 7679 1437


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins building
Gower street

The topic will revolve around how critical museology has been dominated by a largely human-centred mode of enquiry since it emerged 35 years ago. With a few notable exceptions, until recently little attention has been focused on what is now being termed the climate and ecological emergency. He will discuss ways in which critical approaches to this phenomenon can both illuminate museology as a subject and influence practice in museums. 

All welcome. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at the event and that booking is esential. Please follow this FAQ link for more information.

CCHS operates as an inter-faculty research centre led by the UCL Institute of Archaeology and supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies in partnership with the University of Gothenburg. It will lead the way in defining a new field of critical heritage studies which identifies and interprets evolving, multi-scalar forms of heritage and identity, and addresses issues of heritage justice.


About the Speaker

Nick Merriman

Chief Executive at Horniman museum and gardens

Nick Merriman has been CEO of the Horniman since May 2018. Before that he was Director of the Manchester Museum, where he focused its mission on promoting understanding between cultures and working towards a sustainable world, and oversaw the refurbishment of most of the Museum’s permanent galleries. This, together with a major programme of public engagement, led to a doubling of the Museum’s visitor numbers to 500,000 a year, and an audience profile that matches the local population.

Previously Nick was Director of Museums and Collections, and Reader in Museum Studies, at University College London for eight years. 

He began his career at the Museum of London he led a pioneering project called ‘The Peopling of London’ which told the story of the capital’s cultural diversity from ancient times to the present.

More about Nick Merriman