Unfortunately Janet Marstine’s scheduled Research Seminar this Wednesday has been cancelled due to problems with train services to and from Newcastle and Leicester. We hope to reschedule Janet’s presentation for later in the year. Please check back for updates.
Our next Research Seminar will now be on Wednesday, 19 March, when Sheila Watson, from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester will be speaking on emotions in the history museum.
Hope to see you then!
As part of the European Commission-funded research project ‘European Museums in an Age of Migrations’ (MeLa) ICCHS researcher Chris Whitehead is calling for people who might like to participate in a research study. Working with colleagues from the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, we will be conducting visitor studies at the Discovery Museum on the 10th and 11th of March.
We need 2-3 sets of people to visit the new ‘Destination Tyneside’ gallery in pairs (friends, relatives or couples are all fine) and 2-3 people to visit on their own. As this is a study of visitor behaviour and responses to the display we are looking for people who are NOT ICCHS staff members, students or graduates or heritage professionals. This is because we need people who have not been trained to be critical of exhibitions. So we are appealing to readers of this blog to pass this invitation on to friends and relatives who might be interested in being involved in the study.
The research consists of visiting ‘Destination Tyneside’ while wearing video glasses (you can see what they look like here), and then being interviewed by researchers afterwards while watching footage of the visit. The whole time commitment for each participant should be no more than one hour. As the research involves wearing video glasses unfortunately we can’t recruit participants who normally wear glasses of their own (however, contact-lens wearers are welcome). Finally, it would be really good if some of the participants were originally from overseas, even if they are long-term residents in the UK.
If you or an acquaintance are interested in taking part in this research, which is intended to contribute to the development of cutting-edge visitor studies methods and to European Union policy on museums, please email Katie Cooper - firstname.lastname@example.org - giving your name, nationality and availability on the 10th and 11th March, and stating whether you are interested in visiting on your own or as part of a pair.
ICCHS Research Seminar, 1-2pm, Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace
Visiting speaker: Janet Marstine
The Value of ‘Ordinary’ Ethics in Visitor Generated Content: Developing Shared Authority in Museum Policy and Practice.
Ordinary ethics, defined by anthropologist Michael Lambek as the judgments we all make every day through our speech and actions, is embedded in museums’ visitor-generated content. Janet Marstine’s talk will argue that museums might better recognise the value of ordinary ethics as embodied by visitor-generated content and utilise this discourse to help shape ethics policy and practice. Analysing the case study of Ansuman Biswas’ 2009 ‘Manchester Hermit’ project, Janet will demonstrate that ordinary ethics, captured through visitor-generated content, has the capacity to create shared authority between museums and communities in negotiating difficult ethical issues.
Dr. Janet Marstine is Programme Director in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester and is a specialist in museum ethics. Janet is currently developing a new book for the Routledge Museum Meanings series, Critical Practice: Artists, museums, ethics, which investigates the museological implications of artists’ interventions. Her previous publications of museum ethics include:
Marstine, Janet, Bauer, Alexander and Haines, Chelsea. (eds.). 2013. New Directions in Museum Ethics. London and New York: Routledge.
Marstine, Janet. (ed.) (2011). Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum. London and New York. Routledge.
No need to book. Please just come along!
POSTER_ICCHS Research Seminar 26 Feb 2014
The latest volume (book number 13) in the Heritage Matters series has just been published. ‘Museums in China’ is written by Dr Marzia Varutti, a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Museum Studies, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.
Museums in China have undergone tremendous transformations since they first appeared in the country in the late nineteenth century. Futuristic, state-of-the-art museums have today become symbols of China’s global cultural, economic and technological prominence; over the last two decades the number of Chinese museums has increased at an unprecedented rate, with China set to become the country with the highest number of museums in the world. The reasons why the country has embraced the concept of the museum with such enthusiasm are explored in this engaging monograph.
Based on extensive research in a number of important Chinese museums, the author examines recent changes in their display methods, narratives, actors and architectural styles. She also considers how museums represent Chinese national identity, the country’s long and complex history and its extraordinary cultural diversity.
Through an analysis of the political changes in China that have affected what is selected, displayed and interpreted in museums, and the medium of the museums themselves, this book provides a unique, original and timely exploration of shifts in Chinese society that have had major impacts on the museum and heritage domain.
Details of other books in the Heritage Matters series can be found in the ICCHS Research and Engagement pages.or through the Boydell & Brewer website.
ICCHS Work in Progress Research Seminar, 1-2pm, Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace
Speakers: Peter Lewis and Peter Stone.
Peter Stone: ‘Progress in the UK’s commitment to cultural property protection in armed conflict.’
Peter Stone has been working on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict since 2003 when he was the archaeological advisor to the UK MoD with respect to the invasion of Iraq. This presentation will briefly revisit activity between 2003-2012 and then concentrate on recent developments.
Peter Lewis: ‘Research findings from the CARE of Rock Art Project.’
Peter Lewis works as a specialist project manager within the community development and the cultural sector. He is currently a Research Assistant on the ‘Heritage and Science: Working in the CARE of Rock Art’ project, a collaboration between Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast. In this presentation Peter will provide an overview of the project and an update on the production of the CARE of Rock Art Toolkit.
No need to book. Please just come along!
POSTER_ICCHS Research Seminar 5 Feb 2014
POSTER_ICCHS Seminar Dates 2014
The Silesian Museum
Dr Susannah Eckersley and ICCHS Alumnus Dr Michal Koskowski will soon be travelling to Goerlitz in Germany to undertake fieldwork at the Silesian Museum as part of the MeLa Project: European Museums in an Age of Migrations. The museum covers the culture and history of Silesia, a region with a complex past, straddling the border between Germany and Poland. To find out more about the project follow the ICCHS MeLa research team on Twitter @MelaNewcastle
European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa) is a €2.9million project funded by the European Commission. ICCHS’s work within the project involves a historical and contemporary focus on the significance of museum representations of place for expressions of cultural identity in European museums. It addresses questions surrounding place-people(s)-culture relations in contemporary European museums, involving consideration of the ways in which museums construct places and their inhabitants through representational practices.
The programme for the new 2014 ICCHS research seminar series has now been announced.
Starting in February and running through until June, topics will include cultural heritage protection, ethical dimensions of visitor-generated content, museum visitor profiling, curating historical exhibitions, and heritage as process.
The seminars are open to all, and take place at ICCHS on Wednesday lunchtimes. A full list of dates, speakers and topics is provided on the Research Seminar page. Further details on the February event will be posted in January.