Dr Abi Hunt

Head of Department for Marketing, Enterprise, and Tourism

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism Staff

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Abi joined Anglia Ruskin in September 2013 after working for an associate college for five years. She has taught across our programmes in archaeology, history, arts management and business.

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Abi worked in museums and heritage tourism across the east of England for eight years, specialising in working in development projects within agricultural museums, and agricultural and horticultural related heritage and tourism before moving into higher education. She worked at University Centre Peterborough for 5 ½ years as a lecturer and manager before joining Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer in Arts Management in September 2013, in July 2014 she became Director of Undergraduate Courses in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

Research interests

Abi’s current subject-based research interests are in the power of heritage to engage children and young people, the use of memory in creating relative histories, issues with the representation of the past in narrative and public history contexts, and the contribution of female labourers to English agriculture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her pedagogic research interests focus on developing the assessment literacy of business students, improving the quality of assessment and feedback in business education, and reducing the incidences of academic offences.

Areas of research supervision

Abi is interested in supervising research on heritage and education, oral history, the representation of the past in various contexts, gender roles in agricultural work and agri-tourism.


Abi teaches on several specialist modules on the BSc (Hons) Tourism degree, and delivers to students across LAIBS on the Academic Skills module. She also supervises Undergraduate and Postgraduate Major Projects across the programmes offered.


  • Currently working towards: MEd in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Glasgow University
  • 2014: Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2013: PhD, Public and Scholarly Histories: A Case Study of Agricultural History, Lincolnshire, and Museums, University of Lincoln
  • 2011: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (In the Lifelong Learning Sector), University of Northampton
  • 2002: Post Graduate Diploma Heritage Studies, The Nottingham Trent University
  • 1998: BA (Hons) Archaeology, The University of Liverpool

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Member Museums Association
  • Director, Cresset Centre, Peterborough
  • Peer Reviewer, ELSE Journal
  • Member, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society
  • Member, British Agricultural History Society
  • Member, Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
  • Member Social History Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Currently working with a post graduate student to develop a strategy for the Arts at the Cresset Centre.
  • 2013/14: Anglia Learning and Teaching Grant Award with Dr Caroline Rook to investigate how LAIBS might develop students’ assessment literacy.
  • 2013/14: Small project to produce an interpretation panel for Cambridge City Council.

Selected recent publications

Hunt, A., and Blair, A., (Forthcoming), From Page to Stage: The new dynamic of transforming traditional historical narratives into engaging enactments for new audiences, in title to be confirmed, Sayre L., and Hunt, A., (eds).

Hunt, A., and Kershaw, A., 2015. Sustainable Development through Heritage and Education: The New Peterborough Effect , Rethinking education: empowering individuals with the appropriate educational tools, skills and competencies, for their active cultural, political and economic participation in society in Europe and beyond, Brussels: Access to Culture Publications.

Hunt, A., and Kershaw, A., 2012. Sustainable Development through Heritage and Education: The New Peterborough Effect, Heritage 2012 – Heritage and Sustainable Development, Amoêda, R,, lira, S. And Pinhero, C. (eds), Barcelos: Greenlines Institute.

Hunt, A., 2011. Tatey pickin’ time, in Growing Better: Lincolnshire and the Potato, Squires, S. And Wilson, C. (eds), Lincoln: Society Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.

Recent presentations and conferences

October 2015: ‘Infinite Crisis: The Impact of the shift from Curatorship to Managerialism on UK Museums and Higher Education Provision, and on the “Business of Museums”.

April 2014: ‘Nostalgia and the ‘Battle of the Harvests’ in the Second World War’. For Social History Conference, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, (With Dr John Martin, Annie Blair, and Hayley Pearce). 

August 2013: ‘Rude Rough and Lawless? Reinterpreting the field woman’s story through scholarly research and performance art.’, Rural History 2013, Berne (With Annie Blair).

March 2013: ‘Scholarly, popular and public histories: a case study of Lincolnshire, agriculture, and museums’. For the Cambridgeshire Heritage Forum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge. 

February 2013: ‘The reflective toolkit, an archaeologist’s perspective’. For the Higher Education Academy Conference, Students Reflect..., University of Wolverhampton.

February 2012: ‘From ranting to restoration and reinvention: A history of the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Moulton Seas End’. For the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology Conference on Methodism in Lincolnshire, Lincoln.

Media experience

Abi has over 15 years experience of working with local press on PR for projects – radio interviews, press releases etc. She also appeared on BBC Look East/West in August 2014 to speak about specialist subject area.