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Cabinet: Connection and Collection

Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
17 May 2011 00:00

This event, hosted by University Plymouth, will detail notions of heritage, place-making, museum and university connections
Is the best defence to funding cuts to accelerate the drive to think less about museums as places where things are kept, and more about them as places where interactive learning takes place, playing a role in a wider civic, social and economic context?

Are we now shifting into an era where we move away from designing for people and towards designing with people, through active co-creation, where people are active participants in the process rather than passive test subjects or observers?

And can we go further towards the emerging practice, towards designing by people? How can our museums and universities facilitate this? What can be the radical, contemporary strategies that release the historical perspectives of the architectures of the museum and refocus them towards different connections and how can the design of museums and the design of experiences contribute to this?

This conference will follow several of these themes and will give current focus to the following:

  • How would government funding be used to encourage museums to seek out more self-supporting governance models, and build the skills, leadership and confidence that will enable them to succeed as economically sustainable parts of the cultural economy?
  • How can museums see themselves primarily as open spaces for sharing learning where the public, rather than passively observe, can meet, participate and converse - and where after the visit, the conversation continues through the use of digital technology?
  • What scholarship and expertise levels can be embedded in some institutions and shared better and gaps identified. How can the sharing of access to all publicly supported databases work?
  • How can museums work and collaborate with, partners who bring the most public benefit, including commercial, social and educational organisations?

Key speakers from a range of practice-based and academic backgrounds include:

  • Glen Adamson : Victorian and Albert Museum, London
  • Lucy Bullivant : Architect and Curator
  • Peter Higgins : Architect and Designer ‘Land Design’
  • Neil Leach : Architectural and Cultural Critic
  • Mat Hunter : Chief Design Officer Design Council UK

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