Welcome to St Andrews!

This conference, open to all informed researchers within and outwith the International Council of Museums (ICOM), is hosted by the University of St Andrews Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) in the School of Art History, and is being promoted under the umbrella of the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project, funded by the European Commission Horizon2020 programme.

It will form part of an international debate on the definition of the museum taking place under the auspices of ICOFOM – ICOM’s forum for Museology. This multi-lingual discussion began in Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris in June 2017, and continues in a suite of symposia in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Iran, China and other venues in 2017-18. A tri-lingual publication in English, Spanish and Portugese is being planned in collabroation with UNDAV Buenos Aires and UNIRIO Rio de Janeiro.


Key Speakers


“Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage – How the Role of Museums is Evolving in Response to a New Heritage Protection Paradigm.”

Associate Professor Janet Blake (Shahid Beheshti University, Iran)

Associate Professor of Law at the Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran) where she teaches International and Human Rights Law and is a member of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy.


“Wanted: An Aura – The paradox of an open-ended art institution and the need for a definition.”

Ruth Direktor (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel)

Ruth is the Curator of Contemporary art in Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Between 2011-2014 she was the Chief Curator of Haifa Museum of Art.Throughout the years she has been teaching in art academies, focusing on different issues of contemporary art.


“Redefining Contemporary Museums – An East African Perspective.”

Rosalie Hans (University of East Anglia, England)

Rosalie Hans is conducting doctoral research at the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia in Norwich. She is investigating the development of contemporary museums in eastern Africa and the impact of different stakeholders on this process.


“The social role of museums in the 21st Century, according to the recommendations of the Santiago Round Table of 1972: a philosophical and political reflection.”

Cristóbal Bize, Karin Weil, Simón Urbina and Marcelo Godoy (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile)

Cristóbal Bize

Doctor in Human Science, Universidad Austral de Chile. Research interests include recent Chilean history, including the struggle to preserve the memory of contemporary Chile, with numerous papers, essays and books published on the subject.

Karin Weil

Anthropologist, Universidad Austral de Chile. MBA. Expert in territorial and community-based cultural and heritage management. Lead researcher in Chile for the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project and Coordinator of the Museums and Cultural Centres Network of the Los Ríos Region.

Simón Urbina

Researcher in Chile for the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project.

Marcelo Godoy

Researcher in Chile for the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project.


“It’s the principles that matter!”

Professor Graham Black (Nottingham Trent University, England)

Professor of Museum Management and Interpretation at the Nottingham Trent University with extensive museum and heritage consultancy experience.


“The New Museum”

Professor Jorge Hermosilla (University of Valencia, Spain)

Vice Rector of Participation and Terriortial Projects at the University of Valencia. Lead researcher in Spain for the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project.


“What do museums have to do with philosophy?”

Jenny Anghelikie Papasotiriou (The Office of Public Works, Ireland) 

As an educator in museums, galleries and heritage sites, Jenny Papasotiriou’s practice has incorporated contemporary art methodologies, philosophy in museums and galleries and approaches that combine the museum and the street.


Round Table: “The edges of the sector”

The round table will chaired by Dr Jamie Larkin (Birkbeck, University of London)

The AHRC funded research project ‘Mapping Museums’ aims at documenting and analysing the emergence and development of independent museums in the UK between 1960 and 2020. Particularly interested in the emergence of grassroots and community venues that are not recognised as museums within the terms set by official definitions and that rarely appear in official data. This enquiry therefore prompts the question: how do we determine what a museum is. Should a historic building that is accessible to the public and contains a small range of objects be considered a museum?

When should an exhibition be recognised as a museum? Or an art installation? Can museums be mobile? Interestingly enough, the accreditation team at Arts Council England regularly ask the same questions. While venues may meet the standards demanded by accreditation and the criteria of the Museums Association definition, it is not always clear if they should be accredited as museums. This round table brings the two teams together to discuss how and why they make their judgements.


Professor Fiona Candlin (Birkbeck, University of London)
Annette French (Arts Council England)
Jenny Youngson (Museums Galleries Scotland)



By Air:


Edinburgh Airport

Around 50 miles from St Andrews, Edinburgh Airport is home to many domestic and international airlines. It has good connections to the city of Edinburgh, including both a tram line and 24 hour bus link (the Airlink bus service) to the centre of the city. There are a number of shuttle services that offer transfers directly to St Andrews from the airport by road, as well as a selection of car hire companies found within the airport.


Glasgow & Prestwick Airports

Glasgow is home to two international airports: Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick. Most international visitors arrive at Glasgow Airport, which is around 90 miles from St Andrews, while Glasgow Prestwick is slightly further from the city. Both airports offer a number of bus routes into Glasgow, which connect with onward transport options to St Andrews.


By Train:

The nearest railway station to St Andrews is Leuchars, situated around six miles from the town. The station facilities include 24-hour parking, a waiting room and taxi rank.

Those travelling to St Andrews by train should take the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line to Leuchars. For those travelling from south of Edinburgh, this line links up with the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh, which allows visitors to travel from London to Leuchars on a direct route. This East Coast line also calls at stops including Newcastle, Durham, York, Doncaster and Peterborough. Alternatively, the Edinburgh Gateway station links Edinburgh Airport to Leuchars on the rail network. Those flying into Edinbugh may travel to the Edinburgh Gateway station and join a train for Leuchars.


By Bus:

Delegates looking to travel to or from Edinburgh should look out for the X58, X59 and X60 Stagecoach services, which take around two hours. Stagecoach also offers bus services to Glasgow, via the X24, X26 and X27 services, which take around two and a half hours.


By Car:

Driving Directions from Edinburgh: Take A90 over the Queensferry Crossing Bridge on to the M90. At junction 8 take the A91 towards St Andrews.

St Andrews is a small town, and a car is not always necessary to get around. If you do decide to drive around St Andrews, please be aware that parking is limited and that it can be difficult to find a space at certain times of year. Much of the on-street parking in the centre of town is metered, and coins are required to pay.


Suggested Accommodation:

Delegates to St Andrews have a large range of accommodation options to choose from. The Visit St Andrews website (http://www.visitstandrews.com/) has a comprehensive list of hotels and bed and breakfast options in St Andrews.

St Andrews will be extremely busy in November. This can be due to graduations, family reunions for Thanks Giving and St Andrews Day – a Scottish national holiday. We would recommend that you book your accommodation and travel as soon as possible.


Currency and Banking:

The currency in Scotland is the British Pound Sterling (£) GBP. There are numerous banks and ATMs in St Andrews with most shops and restaurants accepting credit/debit cards. Dollars (USD) and Euros (EUR) are not accepted. We would recommend the university’s travel agent for changing currency; DP&L at 4 Logies Lane.


University of St Andrews Campus:

You can download a PDF campus map by clicking here.



More Information:


If you would like advice or require further information for booking accommodation and/or travel arrangements please contact eulacmuseums@st-andrews.ac.uk