Jane Legget

Senior lecturer, Tourism Studies

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 8625

Email: jane.legget@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT City Campus
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Building WH, 49 Wellesley Street East

Postal Address:
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142

Links to relevant web pages:
New Zealand Tourism Research Institute


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Public Policy (First Class Hons)
  • Master of Arts
  • Diploma in Ethnology
  • Diploma of Management (Arts)
  • Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • New Zealand Tourism Research Institute – Member and Associate Director (Cultural Heritage)
  • Museums Aotearoa – member and Editor, Te Ara – Journal of Museums Aotearoa
  • Museums Association of Great Britain – Member and Fellow
  • International Committee for Regional Museums, International Council of Museums – Member and Vice-Chair

Teaching Areas:

Tourism, culture and heritage

Research Areas:

  • Museums and tourism
  • Public policy, museums and heritage
  • Museums and public accountability
  • Quality standards in the museum sector
  • Women and heritage tourism

Research Summary:

Jane’s research interests arise from her experience as practitioner in the museum sector. Her doctoral research investigated stakeholder perspectives on museums’ public accountability, an area which she continues to examine in the context of notions of the public vale of museums.

Dr Legget is also interested in the public policy, especially how local governments characterise the place of museums, art galleries and heritage within their communities, including as tourism assets.

Current Research Projects:

  • Local government, museums and public policy


  • Legget, J. (2009). Measuring what we treasure or treasuring what we measure? Investigating where community stakeholders locate the value in their museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, 23 (1), 213-232.
  • Legget, J. (2007). Making museums count. Te Ara – Journal of Museums Aotearoa, 32 (1 & 2), 23-28.
  • Legget, J. (2002). "Exploring museum standards issues: an experience from Aotearoa New Zealand" in H.Manneby, H.Prasch & R.Hofmann (eds), Guidelines to improve museum quality and standards, International Committee for Regional Museums, Bayreuth, 2002, pp 62-72. (also appeared in German, Korean, Chinese and Spanish versions).
  • Legget, J. (2000). Restitution and Repatriation: Guidelines for Good Practice, Museums and Galleries Commission (U.K.): London. 46 pp.
  • Legget, J. (1994) Local Heroines: a Travel Guidebook to Women's History in Great Britain (2nd edition), Pandora Press (Harper Collins), London. 375 pp.
  • Legget, J. (1988).  Local Heroines: A Women's History Gazetteer to England, Scotland and Wales. (First edition) Pandora Press (Unwin Hyman), London. 375 pp


  • Bright Futures Top Achievers Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • Dame Catherine Tizard Local Government New Zealand Scholarship
  • Australian Federation of University Women (ACT branch) Accommodation Bursary
  • Wolfson College Bursary, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Vickers Scholarship, for the Attingham Summer School
  • Rotary International Graduate Fellowship
  • Fellowship of the Museums Association (by election)

Last updated: 19-Feb-2016 11.45am

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