Local Heritage Symposium: That Belongs in a Museum!

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
AB11 5BY

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That belongs in a museum…! Or does it? Join us for a day exploring how artefacts end up in museums, who puts them there and why – and what it all means once they’re part of a collection. Throughout the day we’ll be inviting discussion and comments around the themes of improving representation of Aberdeen’s residents in our collections, and how we make best use of those collections. Panellists include Emily Freeman (Treasure Trove Manager), Neil Curtis (Head of Museums & Special Collections, University of Aberdeen) and Lesley Anne Rose (Safe Harbour: Open Sea project). Hear from Alford Heritage Museum on developing new approaches to collecting, AOC Archaeology on the place of human remains in archaeological assemblages and museums, and artist Anthony Shrag will be on hand to talk about his recent residency with Culture Perth and Kinross exploring what a museum collection is and who it should be for. You don’t have to work in a museum to enjoy this event – everyone is welcome! Programme 10.30am Welcome Jenny Brown, Lead Curator (History), Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums 10.40am Keynote Treasure Trove in Scotland Emily Freeman, Treasure Trove Manager 11am Panel Who decides what belongs in a museum? Sue Taylor, Alford Heritage Museum Steven Watt, Project Officer, AOC Archaeology Group Joan Bruce, Gallery Review Team Leader, The Garioch Heritage Society Lesley Anne Rose, Culture Collective ‘Safe Harbour: Open Sea’ project in Fittie Chair: Patricia Weeks, Museums Development Officer, Live Life Aberdeenshire 12.15pm Panel Making the most of museum collections Dr Anthony Schrag, Artist and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy & Arts Administration, Queen Margaret University Derek Jennings, Vice Chair, The Book of Deer Project# Neil Curtis, Head of Museums & Special Collections, University of Aberdeen Chair: Bruce Mann, Regional Archaeologist, Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service 1.45pm Breakout discussions Choose to attend two 20-min sessions: Do you see yourself or people like you represented in the museum? How can we improve the breadth of Aberdeen City residents past and present represented in our collections? Energy, economy and the environment: we live in interesting times. What should we be collecting now to preserve for the future? Should human remains be part of museum collections? When and how is it acceptable to keep human remains and display them? Museums exist for the public benefit, in many cases with vast collections. How can we make best use of these resources for everyone? 3pm Feedback From breakout groups, reflections and discussions with all speaker 3.30pm Close

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