Arran Rees

Arran Rees

Profile

My research interests include museums, digital collecting and collections management, cultural policy and procedures, social media and meme cultures, and theories of institutional change. I am interested in undertaking research using action research, autoethnography and exploring the role of humour in academic form.

My supervisory team includes Dr Robert Knifton, Dr Helen Graham and Dr Elizabeth Stainforth.

I have a BA in History from Swansea University and an MA Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. I spent the best part of a decade working in the museum sector in a range of roles including the following:

  • Collections Information and Systems Manager at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Collections Curator at the Cardiff Story Museum
  • Collections Manager at the Royal Mint Museum
  • Documentation Officer at Blaenau Gwent County Council

I am a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and Meme Studies Research Network, and have an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Collecting Social Photography project. I also sit on the committee of ICOM UK

 

Some preliminary research outcomes include:

- Rees, A.J (2021 forthcoming) ‘Collecting memetic cultures: how tho?’, Museum and Society. Special Issue on Digital Materiality and Museums.

- Kidd, J and Rees, A.J (2021 forthcoming) ‘A Museum of deepfakes? Potentials and pitfalls for deep learning technologies.’ In Stylianou-Lambert, T., Heraclidou, A., and Bounia, A. (eds.) Museum Media(ting): Emerging Technologies and Difficult Heritage.

- Rees, A.J. (2020) ‘Image Recognition as a Tool in Cataloguing Born-Digital Photography’. In Uimonen, P. and Hartig, K. eds. Connect to Collect: Approaches to collection social digital photography in museums and archives.

- Rees, A.J. (2020) What does that meme? Collecting and curating memes in museums. In Chagas, V. ed. Estudos sobre Memes: história, política e novas experiências de letramento [Meme Studies: history, politics, and new literacies experiences]

- Memes should be archived in museums. BBC News
- Are memes worth preserving? ACMI Online
- 'Top tips for ethical digital collecting' in Contemporary Collecting: an ethical toolkit for museum practitioners. London Transport Museum and Arts Council England
What does it meme? When social media becomes part of the museum collection. Museum ID

Research interests

My research interests include museums, digital collecting and collections management, cultural policy and procedures, social media and meme cultures, and theories of institutional change. I am interested in undertaking research using action research, autoethnography and exploring the role of humour in academic form. Other interests include:

  • Contemporary collecting practices in museums and archives
  • Popular culture
  • Internet studies and history
  • Operational practices and organisational structures
  • Ethical digital practices

Qualifications

  • MA Museum Studies
  • BA History

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage