Dr Jenna Ashton

Lecturer in Heritage Studies

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email: Jenna.Ashton@manchester.ac.uk

Jenna is a curator, artist and Lecturer. She is Programme Director of Heritage Studies in the Institute for Cultural Practices, teaching across critical heritage theory and practice, heritage policy and management, natural heritage and intangible cultural heritage.

Her research and practice concerns the development of collaborative and creative feminist methods and analysis for applied heritage and theory, and working at the intersection of heritage, activism and social justice.

Areas of research include:

Marginalised cultural heritage and arts practices

Migration and diaspora

Spatial practice and creative geographies

Art under conflict and creative resistance

Social Movements and activism

Ethics of care

Affect and heritage

Making, play, storytelling


Projects include:

-- “Feminism in Museums & Archives Practice”, supported by Arts Council England, Ida Carroll Trust, HEFCE UnLtd and Wellcome ISSF 2014 - 17: @dwarchivenorth


-- “Women and Power: resonance and social relevance of creative programming”, research analysis commissioned by National Trust 2017 - 19.

-- "People's Landscapes: Unearthing Protest and Passion", programme and guidebook research/authorship commissioned by National Trust 2018 - 19. 

-- “The Travelling Heritage Bureau of International Women Artists”, supported by HLF 2017 - 19: https://www.travellingheritagebureau.com/

-- Co-I, "Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA)", Valuing Nature Network, supported by NERC/ESRC/AHRC, 2016 -19:  https://ghia.org.uk/


External roles:

-- Trustee, charity Delia Derbyshire Day @DeliaDDay

-- Adviser and Research Consultant, National Trust and National Trust Regional Advisory Board North  @nationaltrust

-- Committee Member, Society for the Study of Labour History Archives & Resources @StudyLabHistory

-- Research Member, Valuing Nature Network NERC/ESRC/AHRC @ValuingN

-- Founder and Co-Director, Digital Women's Archive North CIC @dwarchivenorth  

-- Global Cultural Fellow, Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh @UoE_IICR


  • visual culture, arts, feminism, museums, heritage, human rights, memory studies, conflict, archives, childhood, home, collecting, storytelling, affect, emotion, place, space, activism, migration, diaspora, craft

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