Dr Sally Hughes

Principal Lecturer in Publishing, Programme Lead for MA programmes in School of Arts

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Personal Profile

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • PhD (Museum Studies) University of Leicester, 2011
    Thesis: Museum Publishing: Production and Reception of Museum Books
  • MA (Museum Studies) University of Leicester, 2004
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University
  • BSc (Applied Biology) University of Bath, 1974

Research Funding 

  • CRF for travel to USA to visit Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and others to develope case studies in museum and art gallery publishing for publication in Museum and Art Gallery Publishing: from theory to case study (2016) Ashgate. Link
  • A British Academy research project funded under the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2012-13 
  • Print, Publishing and Cultural Production in South Africa 1948-2012
  • HEA funding for one day workshop 'Embedding Research in UG and PG teaching' (2011)
  • European Science Foundation funding (2010 to 2011) for conference Revisting the Contact Zone, Linkoping, Sweden, July 2011
  • AHRC PhD Studentship (2007 to 2010)
  • Santander Scholarship for travel and investigation of museum publishing in Spanish national museums (2009)
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding for writing and publication of A Primer for Design in Desktop Publishing (1999)

Undergraduate Teaching

Supervision of final year major project work by undergraduates. Academic Advisor for undergraduates.

Postgraduate Teaching

P65055 Children's Publishing

In the UK, this market contributes approximately a third of all book sales. In response to the digital turn, publishers are agressively exploring transmedia story-telling and include ebooks for older children, apps for all ages and printed activity books to maintain sales. Agencies interested in promoting reading and various gatekeepers, such as parents, carers, teachers, booksellers and librarians all have an impact on the books children read. Children's Publishing is one of the optional modules available in Semester 2. The particular and varied influences on this competitive field of publishing make the study of educational publishing, YA fiction, comics, picture books, activity books, books for babies and non-fiction publishing a broad and challenging topic to encompass in a single module.  The approach is equally varied and changes from year to year with visiting speakers, group and individual assignments. Students study a variety of aspects of this fascinating and vibrant field of publishing with its constantly changing and demanding market.


I teach on the MA programmes for publishing (my modules are listed on my main staff page), conduct research into museum and art gallery publishing and help administer the MA programmes in the School of Arts. I also manage the MA Publishing Studies which is delivered through distance learning.

My research centres on publishing by museums and galleries and the role that books play in the representation of the institution, their curatorial authors and the visitors to museums who purchase this specialised form of publication.

Currently, I am investigating case studies of print and digital publishing by museums and art galleries for inclusion in the book on this topic to be published by Ashgate (manuscript submitted in 2018). My visit to museums in South Africa in 2013 resulted in a paper for Critical Arts.

Membership of Professional Bodies

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Books and other publications

Editing on Screen: Effective working practices: a teach-yourself manual Published by EPE-Books, 1999. Reprinted 2001


'Museum and Art Book Publishing' (in press) in Nash, A., Squires, C. and Willison, I. (eds) Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 7: The Twenthieth Century and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hughes (2011) The British Museum in Print. In National Museums: New Studies from Around the World by Simon Knell, Peter Aronsson and Arne Bugge Amundsen. Routledge 2011

Journal Articles

Hughes, Sarah Anne (2007). Museum Publishing: Representing the Museum

http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=022;article=018 (1/3/2012)

Hughes, Sarah Anne (2007) 'Louise J. Ravelli, Museum Texts: Communicative Frameworks' Bookreview. Museum and Society, Volume 7, No 1, pp. 61-62.  (1.3.2012) 

Hughes, S. A. 'The role of printed books in the dissemination of contemporary South African art and artists' Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies Volume 28Issue 5, 2014 Special Issue: South Africa’s publishing and reading culture