Stuart Kennedy completed an MA in History at the University of Aberdeen and a History MPHil at the University of Glasgow. After volunteering at National Mining Museum Scotland he completed an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
Stuart joined Reading Museum after completing his Masters, initially as a loans researcher working on the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Outside the Box’ project that was longlisted for the 2009 Art Fund prize. He was then appointed assistant curator and worked closely with the museum's world cultures collection, preparing material for a new online catalogue as part of the Arts Council England funded Reading Connections project. He has worked on a range of collections including world cultures, archaeology and social history and more recently been part of a team delivering the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ with responsibility for delivery of the activity programme and curation of the ‘Reading Abbey Quarter: Then and Now exhibition’. Stuart was also responsible for developing Reading Museum’s volunteering programme leading to Investing in Volunteers recognition in 2012 and 2015.
Stuart is currently supporting the Department of World Cultures, particularly with delivery of the Heritage Lottery Funded capital project ‘Revealing Cultures’.