Dr Nicola Mann, Professor of Communications & Visual Cultures at the University, has just been appointed a Trustee of the Museum of Richmond, which is based in the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. It’s a highly appropriate role for Dr Mann, who is Head of the Department for Communications at Richmond and holds a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, New York and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London.
Dr Mann said, “I’m delighted to become a Trustee of the Museum of Richmond. Several Richmond students have enjoyed successful Volunteer positions at the museum over recent years, and a MA Visual Arts Management & Curating graduate, Lauren Bucher, served as a Curatorial Assistant there a few years ago, curating the temporary exhibition, ‘The Royal Star and Garter Homes: 100 Years of Care’. Despite and perhaps because of our upcoming move to Chiswick, it’s an important time to embed the legacy of our university in the local community and I look forward to maintaining a relationship with Richmond even after we’ve moved. Via its open-minded Liberal Arts educational model, the university has a long 50-year history of fostering positive local engagement and I plan to bring this philosophy with me to the Museum as a Trustee.”
The Museum of Richmond tells the story of Richmond from prehistory, through its rise in prominence as a royal residence in the medieval period to its modern status as a centre of the arts and fashion. The Museum cares for and gives access to the rich history of Richmond through permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, learning workshops and events programme.