As a museum curator of a small museum, I find that my work each
week can be varied and extremely interesting.
This last week has been full of working out budgets for the coming year,
thinking about new acquisitions, updating object records, and thinking about our
next exhibition. I have also been doing
lots of talking.
Firstly, I was invited to the Museum of Richmond to talk to volunteers,
staff and trustees from the museum and a group of arts students from Richmond
College. The Museum of Richmond are
working towards putting together an exhibition entitled ‘Artificial Silk: From
Kew to the World’ which will open to the public in late June. I was joined by
Calvin Wooding, a fibre specialist, who spoke about the production of the
material, whilst I put the invention in the wider context of plastics development
and culture. It was a great day with a wide-ranging
audience, the students will be responding to the subject by creating art works
that will feature in the exhibition. I
am really looking forward to going back and seeing the end results.
My second public presentation was part of the AUB Open Lecture
series. These lectures are hosted at AUB
by the Innovation team and are aimed at external and internal audiences. My lecture was entitled Making connections:
objects, visitors, curators. Here I drew
on topics and themes that were part of my PhD thesis and explored the ideas of:
- What makes a museum?
- Value and meaning
- Relational materiality and the relational museum
- The role of the curator
Making connections. Image credit Lucy Devall
Throughout the presentation I used personal experiences to illustrate
academic thinking around collecting and the function of museums, with
particular attention given to the difference between the act of private
collecting and that of the public museum.
I talked about how we assign value to objects, and how this effects the way
we relate to them, as well as the kinds of energies that are generated by
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