Marion Leonard is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and member of the Institute of Popular Music. She is author of Gender in the Music Industry (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (Routledge, 2014). She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and formerly held the post of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Executive. For two years she worked on secondment to National Museums Liverpool as lead curator for The Beat Goes On, an exhibition about Merseyside's popular music history which was shown at World Museum Liverpool (July 2008 - November 2009). She has led a research project investigating the practical and theoretical issues involved with collecting and representing popular music in museums. The project, conducted in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the V&A, was funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text programme.
Other Personal Distinctions
- 'The place of popular music in the contemporary museum' (Plenary presentation) (International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), 2009)