Jane Legget

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Associate Director (Cultural Heritage) NZTRI

Senior Lecturer in Tourism Studies
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Faculty of Applied Humanities
Auckland University of Technology
New Zealand

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 8625
Email: jane.legget@aut.ac.nz


Dr Jane Legget. is Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute where she directs the heritage and Cultural tourism research programs area. Dr Legget is also a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology’s School of Hospitality and Tourism. Dr Legget has worked variously in the museum sector as curator, manager, consultant and academic. Her professional and research interests include museum quality standards, performance indicators, women’s heritage, museum repatriation programmes, heritage and cultural tourism, museum public policy, museum training and development.


Jane Legget has a strong mix of experience within the cultural heritage sector as both an academic and a professional, gained in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand. Her research interests include museums and tourism, museum and heritage development, partnerships with community stakeholders, quality standards in museums and art galleries, public accountability in the heritage sector, cultural heritage policy, women and heritage. She was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association of Great Britain and edits Te Ara - Journal of Museums Aotearoa.


In 2008 Jane Legget joined AUT as Associate Director (Cultural Heritage) with NZTRI and Senior Lecturer in Tourism Studies within the School of Hospitality and Tourism, specialising in cultural heritage tourism. She has worked in a number of museums and heritage organisations in Britain and New Zealand, most recently with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, advising museums on the North Island. Her PhD research on museums and accountability was supported by a Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. She has also worked on development projects with a number of small community museums.

  • Ph.D. in Management, 2006. Massey University, NZ. Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Fellowship May 2000 – Nov 2003. Thesis title: Mapping what matters in New Zealand museums: Stakeholder perspectives on museum performance and accountability.
  • Diploma in Management (Arts). 1998. University of Auckland, Executive Business School, N.Z
  • M.A. in History Museum Studies. 1982. Cooperstown Graduate Programme, State University of New York, U.S.A.
  • Diploma in Ethnology. 1977. University of Oxford, U.K.
  • Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. 1973. University of Leicester, U.K.
  • B.A. in Archaeology, Ancient History & Latin. 1972. University of Durham, U.K.

Consultancies and advisory work

1994 - 2008 Independent Museum Consultant. Undertaking assignments for a range of museum, arts, heritage and iwi clients in Auckland, Wellington and the UK.


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