Module: Management & Leadership for Cultural Heritage

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Geraint Coles
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

This module explores the core management and leadership skills which will enable participants to become effective managers of time, resources and staff in the context of cultural heritage. The module has six main threads:

  1. Leadership: The relationship between leadership and management style, critical reflection on leadership styles and their appropriateness for different settings in cultural heritage
  2. People:  Working with and managing people; teambuilding; introduction to HR and legal basis for employment and volunteering, planning for inclusivity and diversity; the overarching importance of Health & Safety
  3. Communities:  Working with communities and stakeholders; the importance of place in shaping communities attitudes; creating positive relationships and engagement; Coping with, and rebuilding, bad relationships and disengagement. Central role of communications
  4. Money: Working with capital and revenue funding; Understanding basic finance and accounting; determining costs, benefits and risks; solvency and insolvency; Legal requirements for financial reporting under different governance arrangements.
  5. Businesses and Contracts:  Working with businesses requires contractual arrangements (buying goods or service is a contractual arrangement); broad understanding of the main types of contract in use and their principal features and limitations.
  6. Reconciling Time, Resources and People: the importance of project management to organising and delivering projects in cultural heritage;  Application of project management to the particular requirements of heritage conservation;  From MORPHE to PRINCE and back; Critical analysis of project planning

The overall aim is to give participants a broad based introduction to key issues surrounding management in the heritage sector and enable them to understand the key roles of specialist services and identify where they are required in a project plan.

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the application and critical understanding of project planning for cultural heritage including the use of appropriate project management tools and the assessment of costs, benefits and risks
  2. Address and reflect on appropriate management and leadership styles for cultural heritage
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of staff management, volunteer management and community engagement appropriate to different heritage contexts
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of accounting and financial management for different heritage contexts
  5. Evidence a working knowledge and critical understanding of the legal requirements and frameworks for cultural heritage projects


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework A formal consultancy report undertaking a critical, reflective, contextualised analysis of the management & development of all key aspects of a major change project at a heritage site or museum. 3000 words 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Essential resources:

  • Stevenson, D. (ed) (2018) Managing Organisational Success in the Arts (Routledge Research in Creative and Cultural Industries Management). Routledge, London.  ISBN-10: 1138736767
  • Schofield, J., Carman, J. &  Belford, P.  (2011)  Archaeological Practice in Great Britain: A Heritage Handbook.  London, Springer.  ISBN-10: 0387094520
  • Carman, J. (2015) Archaeological Resource Management: An International Perspective.  Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  ISBN-10: 0521602599 

Additional resources:

(1) Leadership:

  • Haslam, S.A., Reicher, S.D. and Platow, M. (2011) The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power.  Sussex: Psychology Press.
  • Dorochoff, N.  (2007) Negotiation Basics for Cultural Resource Managers.  Walnut Grove: Left Coast Press.  136 pp.

(2) People:

  • Burke, R.J. & Cooper, C.L.  (2012)  Human Resource Management in the Non-profit Sector: Passion, Purpose and Professionalism.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 288 pp
  • Lewis, D. and Sargeant, M. (2011) Essentials of Employment Law (11th Edition).  London: CIPD.

(3) Communities:

  • Gould, P.G. (2019)  Empowering Communities through Archaeology and Heritage (Debates in Archaeology).  Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN-10: 1350122300
  • Onciul, B. Stefano, M.L. & Hawke, S.  (2017) Engaging Heritage: Engaging Communities: 20 (Heritage Matters) Boydell Press ISBN-10: 1783271655
  • Watson, S. E. R. (2007) Museums and their communities. London: Routledge.

(4) Money:

  • Atrill, P. & McLaney, E. (2018) Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists (11th ed.)  F T Prentice Hall, London.
  • Warner, S. & Hussain, S. (2017)  The Finance Book: Understand the numbers even if you're not a finance professional.  FT Publishing International;  ISBN-10: 1292123648
  • Hopkin, P. (2010) Fundamentals of Risk Management.   Kogan Page, London.

(5) Businesses and Contracts:

  • Adams, A. (2010) Law for Business Studies (6th Edition). London: Pearson
  • Lawrie, A. & Mellor, J.  (2008) The Complete Guide to Surviving Contracts: For Voluntary Organisations.  Directory of Social Change.  ISBN-10: 1903991943
  • Association of Consulting Engineers (2004)  ICE Conditions of Contract for Archaeological Investigation: Conditions of Contract, Appendix and Form of Agreement for Use in Connection with Archaeological Investigation.  Association of Consulting Engineers, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, et al. Thomas Telford Ltd.  ISBN-10: 0727732374

(6) Reconciling Time, Resources and People (Project Management):

  • Vilanova, R., Kloppenborg, T.J.  & Wells, K.N.  (2017) Project Management for Archaeology.  Business Expert Press.  ISBN-10: 1631572989
  • Lee, E.  (2009) (2nd Edition)  Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment:  The MoRPHE Project Managers’ Guide.  Download from:
  • Carpenter, J. (2011)   Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Working with Government and Other External Partners.   London: Chandos.  ISBN 184334566