Seminar Series

Wednesday 12, 19, 26 November and 3 December 2014

This seminar series took place at the Faculty of Classics. It explores curation and its role at the heart of museums. Anyone interested in museums, what they do and what they might do, is very welcome to have a listen to our series below.

Following the seminar series there was a conference ‘Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?‘  on December 12–13 at CRASSH. You can listen to these sessions here.

Seminars:

Wednesday 12 November 2014: What do museums do to objects?Contemporary debate on the place of the humanities stresses the need to curate knowledge. How does the museum’s curating of objects relate to such curating? Is the museum a theatre, or an operating theatre?

Speakers: Jody Joy ( Senior Curator (Archaeology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)  Curating things   Heather Lane (Librarian and Keeper of Collections, The Polar Museum) Curating people.

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Wednesday 19 November 2014: It is one thing to understand an idea, but what is it to understand an object? How should objects in a museum be treated? Why not touch the statue? Speakers: Penelope Curtis (Tate Britain) and Jane Munro (Fitzwilliam Museum).

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Wednesday 26 November 2014: If people need personal space, what about objects? “It’s my space and I’m not going to move.” Speakers: Stephen Feeke (New Art Centre) and Josh Nall (Whipple Museum).

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Wednesday 3 December 2014: No one keeps a pot of jam for ever. Preserving is for a purpose. Is preservation in a museum pointless because aimless? Are museums places where objects go to die?

Speakers: Laura Carter (University of Cambridge) and Richard Evans (Beamish Museum).

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4 thoughts on “Seminar Series”

  1. I enjoyed listening to the recordings of the presentations from the first seminar, and I was wondering if you are going to put them up for the Wednesday 19 seminar, and the other two following? I unfortunately cannot attend the seminars in person, thus I would really like to hear the presentations in the format as above, especially as I intend to come to the conference. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Faye,

      The seminar series is now available to listen to. The conference ‘Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?’ which was held at CRASSH is also available. Hope you enjoy!

      Hannah

  2. Hi Faye, We are hoping to get the audio for last week’s seminar up soon, and will be recording the two remaining seminars. I hope you enjoy them, and look forward to seeing you at the conference.
    Liz

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