‌Monica Callaghan
Head of Education


The Hunterian
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ

Key Responsibilities
Monica CallaghanMonica Callaghan is Head of Education at The Hunterian with over 14 years experience in museum education. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Hunterian education plan which supports and contributes directly to The Hunterian’s Strategic Plans. These, in turn are closely aligned to the University's Glasgow 2020: Global Vision to be a world-class research intensive university. She has contributed to a number of conference papers and publications, and sits on a number of steering and advisory groups.

She is responsible for:

  • Developing new methodologies and setting new benchmarks for best practice in the museum education sector focussing on creative and innovative projects that harness University research for knowledge exchange, active public engagement and enhanced public understanding. 
  • Building on existing partnerships as well as creating sustainable new national and international strategic partners. 
  • Contributing to vocational learning and employability needs of the University student body and the wider communities through innovative work-related learning and volunteering opportunities in support of the student attributes. 
  • Developing new opportunities for research, teaching and learning.

Monica has developed a number of international projects and partnerships including:

  • 2010 Research trip to Japan to understand the concept of Japanese cultural assets in relation to that understood and practised in the UK. 
  • 2010 External assessor for PhD candidate on research and artistic practice, Lapland University. 
  • 2008 Development of online learning resources in support of the Sea Stallion Viking Ship voyage around the UK, in partnership with The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark. 
  • 2006 Conference and CPD engagement at the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow looking at educational functions of the museum in the modern society; educational programmes for children, youth and adults inspired by The Hunterian’s Whistler collections.

Selected publications
Dr Sally-Anne Coupar and Monica Callaghan (2013) THE MEDAL No. 62, 2013, pp.49-54
Changing opinions, A unique approach to handling medals, British Art Medal Society, ISSN 0263-7707

Sha Nazir, David Braysher, Monica Callaghan, Stuart Robertson, Peter Trowles, David Braysher, Sha Nazir (2010) The Amazing Mr. Mackintosh: The Story of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Paperback) Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, ISBN 9780955778117

Monica Callaghan (2005) The Hunter Pack, Using collections from the Hunterian, Teachers Pack, University of Glasgow. ISBN 0-904254-810-X

Monica Callaghan and Christine McGonigal (2003), Art Themes; Creative learning at the Hunterian, University of Glasgow, ISBN 0-904254-80-1