Julia Ankenbrand


During my MA in European Ethnology, Sociology and Cultural Studies I was introduced to museum work through placements at several museums in Germany. I wrote my thesis on amateur filming in the 1920s to 1940s in collaboartion with the Film Museum / German Film Institute Frankfurt. 

A consequent journey via the theatre sector and a postgrad degree in systems thinking brought me back to further studies in a museum context. While studying the MA Curating at the University of the West of England I was a Curator in Training at Bristol Museums with a focus on developing social history and collaborative curating in their relationships to organisational contexts.  

My current work focuses on the conditions for participatory practice in cultural institutions. I am based at the British Museum for my PhD project. Using action research, I explore how aspects like organisational culture, identity and processes in museums impact on public engagement.

Since October 2018 I have been a research on the Bradford's National Museum Project https://bradfordsnationalmuseum.org/ where my role is focused on the institutional development and change aspects of the project within the National Science and Media Museum.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award - University of Leeds & The British Museum

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

Association for Critical Heritage Studies - UK Chapter


Research interests

Action Researching Conditions for Participatory Practice - A study into how attitudes and organisational aspects impact public engagement at the British Museum