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Encountering the sacred in museums: an event at the British Museum

Friday 15 March, 10.30-17.00

What role do museums play in visitors’ religious and spiritual lives? Join us for a unique day of discussions on the varied ways visitors practise their faith and encounter the sacred in museums. Featuring speakers from a mix of museum and academic backgrounds, this event will explore the visitor experience at venues including the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, the Creation Museum in Kentucky and the recent ‘spiritual journeys’ exhibitions at the British Museum.

Confirmed speakers include Karen Armstrong, British Museum Trustee; Rickie Burman, The National Gallery; Qaisra Khan, Project Curator at The British Museum; and Dr John Troyer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath

Book online at: www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/study-days/encountering-the-sacred-in-museums/invt/mevsd1encsac/

Event details:
£35, Members/concessions £28
The Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the British Museum, London
Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided
The Museum will remain open until 20.30

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Between Art and Information: Collecting Photographs

One Day Meeting, Leicester

Saturday March 2nd, 2013

Museums and Galleries History Group/Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University

Registration: www.mghg.org/collectingphotographs/

The status of photographs in the history of museum collections is a complex one. From the inception of the medium its double capacity as an aesthetic form and as a recording medium created tensions about its place in the hierarchy of museum objects.  While museums had been amassing photographs since about 1850, it was, for instance, only in the 1970s that the first senior curators of photographs were appointed in UK museums. On the one hand major collections of ‘art’ photography have grown in status and visibility, while photographs not designated  ‘art’ are often invisible in museums. On the other hand almost every museum has photographs as part of its ecosystem, gathered as information, corroboration or documentation, shaping the understanding of other classes of objects.…

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CFA: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Digital Heritage

Applications due 25 January 2013

AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund: A people-centred approach to understanding cultural social media activities through the case study of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. A self-directed, motivated Postdoctoral Research Assistant is required to work with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies in Newcastle University and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) to evaluate user engagement through TWAM’s social media platforms. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Engagement fund and aims to produce a focused piece of research on digital audience engagement through social media platforms with a view to inform TWAM’s social media strategy.

The postdoctoral researcher will work with the project’s academic supervisor and the institutional partner to:

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Geography, Museums and Collections


Seminar Programme,    Spring 2013,    Convenor: Professor Felix Driver

22 January 2013      Caroline Cornish (Royal Holloway)       Reconfiguring objects, refashioning spaces: The Kew Museums of economic botany

5 February 2013      James Wallis (Univ. of Exeter)      ‘Oh! What a lovely exhibition!’ Exploring the Imperial War Museum’s 1st WW fiftieth anniversary displays, 1964-68

19 February 2013    Claire Wintle (Univ. of Brighton)      Decolonising the Smithsonian: American foreign policy & colonial collections, 1945-70

5 March 2013       Nicholas Thomas (Univ. of Cambridge)     Pacific presences: Encounter and experiment in the European museum

19 March 2013       George Lovell (Queen’s Univ. Ontario)     The archive that never was: State terror and historical memory in Guatemala

These seminars are held on Tuesdays at 5.15pm in the Torrington in Room 104, South Block, Senate House, University of London.…

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AHRC CDA PhD Studentship


“Alfred Maudslay, Photography and the Mimetic Technologies of Archaeology: A Study in Method, Process and Effect”

Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester/ British Museum, London


An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities in collaboration with the British Museum. 

The project addresses the role of photography and its relationship with other mimetic technologies in field archaeology and the subsequent institutional life of the images in the construction of ‘heritage’. The project also explores the methodological implications for a ‘photographic history’ approach to collections and institutions. 

The project will focus on the 1513 magnificent late nineteenth century photographs made of Maya archaeology by Alfred Maudslay, their relationship with other kinds of recording and their subsequent ‘life’ in the Museum.

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Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity

‘Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity’

Conference homepage: www.open.ac.uk/Arts/disturbing-pasts/

We are pleased to announce the details of the conference ‘Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity’ at the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, on the 20th to 22nd November, 2012. This is part of a two-year international research project led by Dr Leon Wainwright (The Open University, UK; www.open.ac.uk/Arts/arthistory/wainwright.shtml ) and funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area, the European Science Foundation).

‘Disturbing Pasts’ brings together artists, photographers, curators, policy makers and academics from around the world, with the aim of networking with one another and exploring creative engagements with controversial and traumatic pasts in art practice, curating and museums.

Our theme:      Traumatic pasts have complex and often dramatic influences on the present.…

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CFP–Icon Conference 2013: Positive Futures in an Uncertain World

ICON Ethnography Group in partnership with the University of Glasgow is hosting a half day session at the ICON Conference 2013, Glasgow, focusing on the shared materials between Ethnography and Natural History collections.  From plant to animal materials, Ethnographic and Natural History conservators frequently treat objects containing these shared materials.  How is the approach to treating these objects different or similar?  Can Ethnographic and Natural History conservators share techniques, and do they? We would like to use the similarity of materials as a starting point in order to explore approaches to the ethics, treatments and research relating to both Ethnographic and Natural History collections.  Moreover, can we increase our skills by actively collaborating over projects and research? Topics may include, but are not limited to – how pesticide-treated objects are managed within collections; pest damaged fur and feather objects and the options for reattachment; fading of organic pigments or mitigating damage from previous conservation treatments…

Deadlines for papers
Please send abstracts – max 300 words – by 10th September 2012 to emiliakingham@gmail.com

Paper presentations are expected to last for approximately 20 minutes.…

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The Mobile Museum Pilot Project

Graeme Were, University of Queensland

The stores of Queensland museums are laden with ethnographic collections from Papua New Guinea, many of which originate from northern New Ireland. Few people there are able to gain access to these treasures even though New Irelanders hold great interest in learning more about their own cultural heritage through the artefacts museums hold on to.

The Mobile Museum project has been developed to partly redress this issue by utilising newly available digital technologies and resources. The project seeks to develop remote access to museum collections to objects physically located in Queensland and so offer the opportunity for New Irelanders to view their own cultural heritage as 3D digital objects. 3D digital objects offer the most complete documentation possible and allow for an analytical form of engagement using zooming, panning and rotation tools [in comparison to 2D images].…

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