Elee Kirk

Children, Nature, Museums


Elee KirkElee Kirk (November 1977 – August 2016) was a scholar and museum educator, who held a PhD in museum studies from the University of Leicester. Her work focused in particular on the experience of young children in museums, and drew upon years of hands-on experience working in science and medical museums including Thinktank (the Birmingham Science Museum), and the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds.

In 2012, Elee was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer returned in 2016, and Elee passed away in the summer of that year. This site is now managed by Dr. Will Buckingham, her former partner and collaborator.

This site gives a little bit of information about Elee’s work. If you are interested in Elee’s research, then the best place to start is her book, Snapshots of Museum Experience: Understanding Child Visitors Through Photography, published by Routledge in the autumn of 2018. If you would like to get in touch about any aspects of Elee’s work, then do get in touch with Will through his own website.