Museums & Society Study Group Past Events

"Museums and the City"
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
Friday, 15th September 2006

This event brought together speakers from sociology, museum-studies, and museum practice to address:

  • Representing City Histories in Museums
  • Museums and the Regeneration of Cities
  • Museums and Cities of Culture
  • Roles of museums in cities
  • City museums as centres for urban research

Past and Present: Negotiating Museum and Gallery History Museums and Galleries History Group Second Symposium
Bruce Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
7th - 8th September 2006

The Museums and Galleries History Group held a symposium at Newcastle University on September 7th and 8th 2006 on the theme negotiating museum and gallery history. It was a chance to review the nature and roles of museum and gallery history, looking at trends in and uses of museum and gallery historiography and attempts to link contemporary museological concerns (such as access, inclusion, diversity, restitution etc.) to historical precedents.

The proceedings also focussed on the ways in which museums and galleries today work with (or against) their historic identities, buildings, collections, displays and the historical paradigms of knowledge, culture and society inherent within them.

Speakers included academics such as Sam Alberti, Chris Whitehead and Catherine Lewis and museum professionals such as Liz Hyde and Lindy Gilliland. Papers ranged in focus from the significance of architectural adaptation in historic museums and galleries to the problems of producing contemporary displays in historic settings and the history of model cetaceans in museums! There was also a visit to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, whose archivist discussed the documentation of the Centre's own past and present.

Residential Conference: What are Museums For?
Friday, 17 - Sunday, 19 September 2004
Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

BSA Museums and Society Study Group: Museums & Diversity
Thursday 30th October 2003
East Midlands Museums, Libraries, Archives Council (EEMLAC), Leicester

BSA Seminar: Museums and Audiences
Thursday, 31st October 2002 at Tate, Liverpool
1 March 2002 - Newcastle University