Personal profile

Personal profile

Personal profile

Caroline Cornish is an historical geographer specialising in collections-based research and public engagement in the arts and humanities. She is currently Co-I on the AHRC-funded Plant Humanities: Where arts, humanities and plants meet and was PDRA on Mobile Museum, a major AHRC project on the mobility of biocultural collections which was undertaken in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is an Honorary Research Associate at Kew and a board member of the Museums and Galleries History Group.

Research interests

Caroline's research interests centre on the intersecting histories of museums, collections, empire and science. She is particularly interested in object-based approaches to research and learning. 

Plant Humanities: Where arts, humanities and plants meet, is a scoping exercise which began as a KE project funded by Royal Holloway and went on to become one of six projects awarded a development grant by AHRC under its 'Where Next?' scheme. Both projects have been conducted in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. With Felix Driver and Mark Nesbitt Caroline is evaluating the potential of Plant Humanities as a future field of funded research in the UK.


  • Mobility, colonial networks, histories and geographies of science, histories and geographies of museums and collections

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