School of Advanced Study
18 March 2021
I spoke at this seminar event. As museums, archives, and libraries adapt to a series of lockdowns, we have a stronger sense than ever of the challenges involved in providing access to the objects that carry our collective memories. While one-way routes and Perspex shields may be new, the complexities around acquiring, preserving, finding, and using collections are not:
How can we give access to the vast number of objects in storage?
How are institutions showing the hidden histories of their collections (attending to marginalised communities, scientific mysteries, and so on)?
How can similar objects in different collections be brought together?What new tools are emerging for recording and sharing cultural heritage?
How are researchers engaging with and making innovative use of collections?
Convenors: Professor Clare Lees, Director of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, and Professor Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study.