David Farrell-Banks is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work focuses on the impact of the past on everyday lives in the present. His work at the Fitzwilliam Museum explores the potential for increased involvement of voices from outside the Museum in our practice. The work supports the development of participatory methodologies and practice across the Museum, both in existing and new research projects.
His research background is in museums, heritage and cultural memory. David completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2021, with work interrogating uses of the past in museums, heritage sites and political discourse now published as the monograph Affect and Belonging in Political Uses of the Past (2022, Routledge). He has since worked on the Museums, Crisis and Covid-19 project at Ulster University, and has published on a variety of topics including activist pedagogies in museums, galleries and heritage studies; co-creation of museum exhibitions; and the relationship between far right action, heritage and memory.
Farrell-Banks, D. (2022) Affect and Belonging in Political Uses of the Past. London: Routledge.
Robenalt, E., Farrell-Banks, D. & Markham, K. (2022) ‘Activist Pedagogies in Museum Studies and Practice: A Critical Reflection’, Journal of Museum Education, 47(4), 401-413.
Farrell-Banks, D. & Rea Currie, L. (2022) ‘Exhibiting Pandemics During Covid-19: The value of co-creation and community engagement’, Museums Ireland, 28, 26-41.
Farrell-Banks, D. (2021) ‘Crossing Borders and Building Walls in Right-Wing Uses of the Past’, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 30(1), 104-113.
Farrell-Banks, D. (2018) ‘Can archaeology become a positive working environment for adults with autism spectrum disorders?’, Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, 5(3), 198-210.
Contributions to Edited Collections
Farrell-Banks, D. (2024) ‘Uses of the Past in Far-Right Extremist Political Discourse’, in Smith, L., Campbell, G., Whitehead, C. & Bozoğlu, G. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Politics and Heritage. [In production]
Farrell-Banks, D. & Richardson, L. (2024) ‘Heritage, Archaeology, Ancestry and the Far Right’, in Ethics of Research the Far Right. [In production]
Crooke, E. & Farrell-Banks, D. (2024) ‘Crisis and Engagement: the emotional toll of museum work during the COVID-19 Pandemic’, in Fitzgerald, D. & Cooper, F. (eds.) Making COVID-19 Knowable: The Pandemic and Beyond Volume 1. Manchester: Manchester University Press [In production]
Friel, B., McDermott, P., Doherty, R. & Farrell-Banks, D. (2024) ‘Community Recovery and Resilience: The Restorative Museum and Heritage Sector and Response to Covid-19’ in Gray, K. & Tischler, V. (eds.) Coping Creatively: The Pandemic and Beyond Volume 2. Manchester: Manchester University Press [In production]
Farrell-Banks, D. (2022) ‘Encounters through Kahlenberg: Urban Traces and Transnational Right-Wing Action’, in Eckersley, S. & Vos, C. (eds.) Diversity of Belonging in Europe: public spaces, contested places, cultural encounters.London: Routledge.
Farrell-Banks, D. (2020) ‘1215 in 280 Characters: Talking about Magna Carta on Twitter’. In: Galani, A., Mason, R. and Arrigoni, G. (eds.) European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices. London: Routledge.
Policy Briefs and Reports
Crooke, E., Farrell-Banks, D., Friel, B., Hook, A., Jackson, H., Maguire, T. & McDermott, P. (2022) Museums and the Pandemic: Revisiting Purposes and Priorities. A Report of the Museums, Crisis and Covid-19 Project. Ulster University.
Crooke, E., Farrell-Banks, D., Friel, B., Hook, A., Jackson, H., Maguire, T. & McDermott, P. (2022) Museums and Digital Media. A Report of the Museums, Crisis and Covid-19 Project. Ulster University.
Crooke, E., Farrell-Banks, D., Friel, B., Hook, A., Jackson, H., Maguire, T. & McDermott, P. (2022) Museums and Community Wellbeing. A Report of the Museums, Crisis and Covid-19 Project. Ulster University.
Farrell-Banks, D., Galani, A., Arrigoni, G., Berner, A. & Seyfried, M. (2019) ‘Digital heritage dialogue[s]: the role of digitally enabled conversations in constructing heritage identities in Europe’, CoHERE: European Commission Policy Brief. Available at: https://cohere-ca.ncl.ac.uk/#/grid/574
Eckersley, S., Farrell-Banks, D. and Whitehead, C. (2019)(eds.) CoHERE Policy Briefs. Available at: https://cohere-ca.ncl.ac.uk/#/grid/574
Be the first to hear about our news, exhibitions, events and more…