Harriet Purkis

Harriet Purkis


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr Harriet Purkis is Lecturer in event and leisure management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She teaches on the undergraduate programmes and supervises MSc students. She is currently the ERASMUS coordinator for the Department. Harriet is a graduate of the University of Leicester where she completed a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and Economic History, and an M.A. in Museum Studies. She holds an M.A. in Tourism Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development for Researchers from Ulster University. She received her PhD from Ulster University with a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. This research demonstrated how museums can develop their role in collecting and displaying present day everyday life. Harriet is an Associate of the Museums Association and the Higher Education Academy. She is a former Chair of the Social History Curators Group. Her main research interests are in museum and leisure management, with a focus on socially engaged events, exhibitions and leisure services. Her research has a participatory methodology and a practical element of exhibition presentation. She has published in books and journals. Harriet has worked extensively as a manager in museums, art centres and on festivals and events, in both local authorities and the private sector. She continues her practice as an exhibition curator, making exhibitions about people’s everyday lives and interpreting visual art through hands-on exhibits. Previous work has included the textile gallery, ‘Fibres, Fabrics and Fashion’ at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; ‘Local People’ and ‘Contemporary Art for Children’ at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, and ‘Portrait of a City’ Community exhibitions and events for Derry/ Londonderry UK City of Culture.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects: Approaches and Methodologies in the documentation of everyday life through material culture, Ulster University Doctoral College

Award Date: 18 Dec 2013

Master, Tourism Management

Master, Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Bachelor, University of Leicester


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