Head of Museums and Special Collections University of Aberdeen United Kingdom Academic Research
Neil was appointed to the new post of Head of Museums and Special Collections at the University of Aberdeen in 2018, having previously worked in the university museums for many years. He has studied Archaeology (Glasgow), Museum Studies (Leicester) and Education (Aberdeen), and is a Fellow of the Museums Association. He is currently a member of the Museums Association’s Ethics Committee, the Museums Galleries Scotland Recognition Committee, and the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He was formerly Vice-Chair of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel and Convener of University Museums in Scotland. He contributes to teaching in a variety of disciplines, primarily at Aberdeen, including Archaeology, History of Art, Law, and Visual Culture, and co-ordinates the ‘Museum Practice’ and ‘Curating an Exhibition’ courses in the MLitt Museum Studies programme. His research includes the history of collecting and museums in Scotland, and contemporary issues facing museums such as restitution from museums, the treatment of human remains and learning with museums.