Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?

12 – 13 December 2014

Does the Museum..This conference brought together a wide range of speakers to take a long hard look at what museums do, what they should do, and what they might do. It explored the ways in which what museums do is enabled and limited by their history and the history of collecting, asking whether and how museums can use their collections to transcend time. It explored the constraints placed on museums by national history and how they contest natural history. It considered museums as installations and museums as laboratories. And asked how healthy is the pressure to make visitors love their experiences in museums. Have museums failed or succeeded if some people hate them?

This conference was designed both to celebrate and to question what we do in museums and what museums do to us, and to ask what the future should hold for the museum and what the museum should hold for the future.

You can listen to the conference here:

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Conference Programme

DAY 1 – Friday 12 December


Conference conveners:
Liz Hide (University of Cambridge Museums)
Tim Knox (Fitzwilliam Museum)
Robin Osborne (Museum of Classical Archaeology)
Liba Taub (Whipple Museum of the History of Science)
Caroline Vout (Faculty of Classics)

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH)


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