Andrea Potts

Andrea Potts

Research Student, What role do museum exhibitions play in mediating how people engage with the colonial past?


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Research interests

I am interested in how contemporary museum exhibitions represent histories of European colonialism and how these histories are engaged with by audiences. I assess what role museum exhibitions in Europe play in mediating how people engage with the colonial past. 
Many European museums are currently experimenting with exhibiting colonialism, yet are guided by an ill-defined discourse of decolonisation. My research contributes to an understanding of what decolonising in the museum means in practice by focusing on the impact of exhibitionary practices on audiences, which has been neglected in museum studies and practice. 
My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Cultural Heritage Studies , University College London

Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

Bachelor, History , University of Cambridge

Award Date: 30 Jun 2013

External positions

The Museum of British Colonialism

2019 → …

Exhibition Curator. The Museum of Richmond


Senior Policy Advisor. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport



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