Dr Bernadette Lynch

Dr Bernadette Lynch is an internationally known writer, lecturer and researcher on museum theory and practice, and in leading museum transformation and change. She is a museum academic and professional with thirty years’ experience in senior management in UK and Canadian museums. Formerly Deputy Director at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, her research and consultancy focuses on ethical, innovative participatory practice, with a particular interest in solidarity, decolonisation; power; democracy; debate; conflict; contested collections; difficult subject matter and activism, and on social change through critical collaboration with diverse communities. Author of the influential ‘Whose Cake is it Anyway? Report (2011), she is currently working on a book for Routledge entitled Museums and Solidarity in Action: From an ethics of charity to active solidarity, to be published in early 2022. She leads the Solidarity in Action Network, an international network of museums professionals, academics and grassroots organisations who share an interest in critically examining the subject of solidarity as a transformational force in museum public engagement. Dr Lynch is a jury member for the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA). She publishes widely on participatory democracy in museums, and on ‘useful museum’ practice. She is Honorary Research Associate, University College London. Her work is freely available online: