Snapshots of Museum Experience (with Elee Kirk)

Snapshots of Museum Experience, Routledge 2018

Snapshots of Museum Experience: Understanding Child Visitors Through Photography is due to be published by Routledge in their Research in Museum Studies series in August 2018. The book is based upon the work of my late partner, Dr Elee Kirk, in the Oxford Museum of Natural History.

For this research, Elee used the method of photo-elicitation with child visitors to the Oxford Museum, to ask questions about museum experience. For Elee, the question that was often asked about children in museums — what are they learning? — often failed to do justice to the richness and depth of meaning that these spaces had for their child visitors.

Snapshots of Museum Experience was Elee’s attempt to think about children’s museum experience beyond an exclusive focus on learning. The book is based on her thesis Crystal Teeth and Skeleton Eggs, and on the plan for the book that we both worked on prior to her death.

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Elee Kirk (November 1977 – August 2016) was a scholar and museum educator, who held a PhD in museum studies from the University of Leicester. Her work focused in particular on the experience of young children in museums, and drew upon years of hands-on experience working in science and medical museums including Thinktank (the Birmingham Science Museum), and the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds.

In 2012, Elee was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continued to work on her PhD through her cancer treatment and was given the all-clear in 2014. Elee took a job as senior lecturer at the Institute of Education in London in the autumn of 2015. The cancer returned in January 2016, and Elee passed away in the summer of that year.

Elee’s literary estate is managed by me, Will Buckingham. Do get in touch if you have any questions at all.