How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?
The Profusion theme addresses the challenge presented by the abundance of material and digital stuff for assembling the future archive. Expanding mass-production and consumption have resulted in more things to potentially save for the future. We look at what is and what is not kept for posterity. We do so by investigating two domains in the United Kingdom that face the prolific past and present in particularly acute ways: homes and museums. Taking an anthropological approach using ethnographic methods, we investigate what is selected for long-term keeping and why? What are the complex yet often unacknowledged motivations, emotions, and judgements that shape what makes it into the future? Our research addresses these questions, while facilitating crossover of insights between homes and museums to hopefully produce new understandings of and responses to profusion.
We look at museums to explore what is kept for the future archive. Museums especially face profusion when dealing with the products of mass production and consumption...
Heritage, Change and the 'Second-Generation' Phenomenon: Traditional Craft and Revitalization in Jingdezhen
Heritage Futures at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference
Members of the Heritage Futures research team will be convening and presenting at seven sessions at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies 2018 conference at Zheijang University in Hangzhou, China from 1st-6th September.
If you’re heading there, come check out (at least) one of our sessions. Or follow our twitter @Future_Heritage and website for updates resulting from these sessions.
Heritage Futures: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
What Museums (can) do
Talk by Sharon Macdonald at ‘Wissensort Museum. Traditionen – Positionen – Perspektiven’ at the University of Gottingen.
From the Vault to the Archive
Sorting through (ethnographic) things: reflections on Profusion theme fieldwork
Profusion in Museums - a report on contemporary collecting and disposal
Curating Profusion: Caring for the future and assembling value in homes and smaller museums
YOHRS seminar series
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Transforming Loss: Knowledge Exchange at Orford
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India
The Heritage Futures research programme will be joined by members of the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team in attending and organising a number of activities at the 19th ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in New Delhi .
Techniques of Worlding: Categorization Knowledge Exchange at Kew
28/02/2017 — 02/03/2017
The Heritage Futures team hosts a Knowledge Exchange workshop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.