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Eithne Nightingale


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests
Children’s experiences of immigration; history and politics of the east end of London; diversity, equality and social justice and particularly in relation to museum, galleries and heritage

Title of research: Children, migration and diasporas
I am undertaking a collaborative PhD (Queen Mary College, London University and Museum of Childhood, V&A ) supported by the AHRC on Children, migration and diasporas based on the World in the East End project. This was an initiative based at the Museum of Childhood which collected tangible and intangible heritage from diverse communities of people living in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Tower Hamlets which was then integrated into the galleries and on the web.  

Key words
Immigration, children, diasporas, East End of London; museums, heritage, diversity, equality

In addition I have been working as Head of Diversity and Equality at the V&A Museum for 13 years and, for the time being, will continue to do so for 2 days a week. I also have extensive experience of working in equal opportunities, community development and regeneration and education in inner London. I have published several reports and articles on issues of diversity and equality particularly in relation to museums and heritage and have just co edited the book Museums, Education and Social Justice to be published by Routledge in Spring 2012.

I am also a writer (fiction, memoir and travel) and photographer.



  • AHRC Collabarative with V&A Museum of Childhood


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