Biography and Contact Details

A qualified and experienced curator, Gaynor was a member of the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester for nineteen years, before going on to senior academic appointments at the Universities of Bath Spa, Falmouth, Southampton and Cardiff Metropolitan.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

She was the Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University from 2005, overseeing the transformation of the School, including the development of its £14m new building on the Llandaff campus. She retired from the University in the autumn of 2015.

She is now an Emeritus Professor at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
She is the author of three books on museums, including ​Dream Spaces: Memory and the Museum (2000) and has edited a further seven, along with an extensive list of papers.​​​

She continues to research, write and teach with interests in: the management of change; memory, objects and the senses, particularly in the contexts of identity and life stages; and collection development.

Her later research work has been concerned with the absence of memory and what this indicates about the commonplace.  

She has written about museum provision and professionalism and about the First World War.

She continues to review books and advise on research proposals.

​Her interests in spontaneous art practices, creativity and mindfulness have resulted in her being a course leader at the holiday retreat Cortijo Romero for the last thee years. Her course there is called ​Weaving with Water.

Professor Gaynor Kavanag​h has been an adviser to the National Railway Museum, the National Audit Office and the National Museum of Wales. She has served on the Museums Association Ethics Panel.

She was a member of the Expert Panel appointed by the Welsh Assembly to review the future of local government funded museums in Wales (2015). ​​

She is chair of the charity Open-Up Music, which empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive orchestras.  

Open-Up Music has National Portfolio Status and will be launching the National Open Youth Orchestra in 2018.

Gaynor now lives in South Wales, with a garden, a thin orchard and views over the mountains. She has (five) cats.

Her email address is:
A list of her published works can be found here:

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