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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Anna Catalani

After studying BA (Hons) Roman Archaeology & History of Art, University of Pisa, Italy and MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester, Anna completed her PhD research in Museum Studies (University of Leicester), looking at the interpretation and representation of non-Western religious material culture in Western museums. Specifically, the research focused on Yorùbá traditional religious material culture exhibited nowadays in museums in the United Kingdom.  Before taking up her current appointment as Reader in Architecture at the University of Lincoln, Anna was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where she was the Programme Leader for the MA Art & Design. Anna’s current research interests are in the fields of museum and heritage studies, material culture (including the material culture of fashion), collectors and collections, identities and diaspora and cultural tourism. Anna supervised British Council Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Witiya Pittignapoo (Naresuan University, Thailand) in 2014 (Water-based settlements and heritage management).  Anna is currently the Director of Study of one PhD student, Anastasia Samara, whose thesis focuses on the creative industries and industrial heritage in Thessaloniki. Anna is also the second supervisor of Lydia Parry (Dissonant Heritage and the Bomber Command). Anna welcomes applications to study for PhD research degrees, either full or part time, in the following areas: - Museums & heritage studies; - Diaspora, Identity & Museums; - Migration and Heritage; - Creative & Cultural Tourism; - Fashion Curatorship; - Fashion Heritage; - Material culture and collecting theories;

Department Responsibilities

School Research Lead (Museum and Exhibition Design) School UoA Lead (Design)

Subject Specialism

Cultural heritage; material culture; audience engagement; cultural and creative tourism; Fashion curatorship


  • Pg. Cert. in Higher Education and Research — University of Salford, 2010
  • PhD in Museum Studies — University of Leicester, 2006
  • MA in Museum Studies — University of Leicester, 2001
  • BA(Hons) in Archaeology and History of Art — University of Pisa, 1999


  • Best Paper Award for the topic: ‘Significance, Cultural and Social Values of Built Heritage — International Conference Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and St,
  • Vice-Chancellor Scholarship — University of Salford,
  • William Ruddick Scholarship — University of Leicester,
  • Research Grant — Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust,
  • AHRC Doctoral Competition — AHRC,
  • European Fellowship — Department of Academic Training and Knowledge Transfer, Potenza, Italy European Council,

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Research Interests

  • contested heritage

  • cultural heritage

  • diasporic groups

  • diasporic imagination

  • exhibition design

  • fashion curatorship

  • fashion heritage

  • heritage at risk of natural disasters

  • identity formation

  • mass migration and heritage

  • Material Culture

  • museology

  • audience engagement

Research Groups Memberships

  • Africa Research Forum
  • Critical Heritage and Place Consumption Research Group

Research Projects

  • Flooding adaptation and strategy for cultural heritage and landscape preservation (Co-Applicant) — awarded £28884 by British Academy/Newton Fund in 2016
  • Curating fashion in Museums — in 2015
  • Territories of discourse: Salford’s Communities in a changing landscape — in 2015
  • Extreme footwear as fashionable objects — in 2014
  • Comparing Practices: Water-based Settlements, Flooding Adaptation and Heritage Management in Thailand and the UK. — awarded £32000 by British Council in 2014
  • Digital Cultural Engagement of Older Audiences — awarded £8821 by MICRA/Manchester City Council in 2013
  • The ‘Afterlife’ of Heritage Research: Developing research students’ skills for the transition from academia to public, profession and business — awarded £59811 by AHRC in 2012
  • African intangible heritage in museums — in 2009
  • Public History in Museums — in 2007
  • African diasporic groups and religious material culture in museums — in 2006
  • Biographies and collecting activities of the Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries, London (1770-1820) — in 2006

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations


External Assessor, London College of Fashion, February 2018