About the author

Dr Carol Ann Dixon is an education consultant and academic researcher with interests in African and Caribbean diaspora histories, cultural geography, museology and contemporary visual art. Throughout a successful career as an educator, spanning more than 20 years, she has designed and developed a number of heritage projects, exhibitions and event programmes for UK-based culture sector institutions and education charities, and has also published a variety of creative teaching and learning resources for use in schools, museums, art galleries and other formal and informal educational settings.

Dr Carol Dixon, University of Sheffield (2016)
Dr Carol Ann Dixon, University of Sheffield (2016). Photo: Marcia Vera.

Carol’s PhD thesis, completed in 2016, examined the ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices. Case study research and fieldwork undertaken in archives and exhibition spaces throughout France, Germany and the UK over a period of four years (2013-16) enabled her to complete in-depth visual analysis of objects and exhibits in collections of ethnography, as well as critique the aesthetics and cultural politics of artworks and assemblages displayed in museums of modern and contemporary fine art. She has published several essays, journal articles, exhibition reviews and commentary pieces addressing these themes and interests in periodicals including Race & Class, Museums Journal, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Geography (The Journal of the Geographical Association, UK) and CAA.Reviews.

For further information about Dr Carol Ann Dixon’s academic research, and a list of publications, please read her research portfolio on the ORCID database (click here), or view her Linked-In profile (here).

Additional details about current and recently completed education projects are also available online at the following links:

  • Freedom to Believe – an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Theatre-in-Education initiative addressing aspects of Caribbean social and religious history and heritage (currently in development, 2016/17 – with school-based creative learning activities and TiE workshops taking place in London, Leeds, Durham and Newcastle throughout 2017).
  • Making Freedom – an exhibition project developed by the education charity Windrush Foundation in 2013 to commemorate 175 years since emancipation from enslavement for Africans in the anglophone Caribbean (on 1st August 1838). Carol’s 90-page Education Pack for this project can be freely downloaded from the “Resources” page on the Making Freedom website at http://makingfreedom.co.uk/



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