Scholarly biography and interests
Catherine Speight is the Research Fellow for the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) based at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Catherine is responsible for CETLD’s overarching research programme exploring how theory- and practice-based design students use real artefacts to motivate their learning experience. She is also responsible for evaluating educational programmes developed by the CETLD team at the V&A.
Prior to this appointment, Catherine worked for a number of museums including Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum in a variety of curatorial and educational positions. She has also worked for Solent University and the University of Brighton.
Catherine Speight graduated with a BA(Hons) in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2000, and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2002.
Catherine Speight is interested in exploring the role of the museum as a connected learning site for design students in higher education and the synergies between museum learning and design pedagogy. This forms the major area of Catherine’s current research, funded by CETLD.
Speight is also interested in the cultural geographies of Ireland and the representation of conflict in Irish Museums. Her MA dissertation explored the emancipatory role of museum and heritage sites in challenging sectarian identities.