Gerard Corsane, Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum & Gallery Studies
Currently, Gerard Corsane is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum & Gallery Studies in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle Univesity. He is interested in community-based initiatives in the co-creation and co-curation of intangible and tangible heritage resources and 'collections'.
After completing his MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Gerard Corsane returned to South Africa in 1989 and worked with heritage, museums, galleries for ten years. During this time, he participated in the exciting processes of transformation that occurred around the country's first democratic elections. He worked in the Albany Museums' History Division, in Grahamstown, for six years before becoming the first Robben Island Training Programme Co-ordinator. In this post he was involved in the facilitation and development of positive action training opportunities for black South Africans in the heritage, museums and galleries sector. In November 1999, he came over to the UK to take up a three-year lecturing contract in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
In September 2002 he moved to the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. He appreciates the interdisciplinary approaches to heritage, museum, galleries and tourism research and teaching in the Centre.
Covered within the overall theme of Cultural Tourism Management, his particular teaching and research interests are in cultural resources management, 'ecomuseums', integrated heritage management, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and the creative and cultural industries