How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?
The Profusion theme addressed 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 have looked 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 investigated 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 addressed 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
Jennie Morgan, keynote speaker at the Canterbury Heritage Awards
Jennie Morgan, researcher on the Profusion theme and Lecturer in Heritage at Stirling, has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Canterbury Heritage Awards in Christchurch, New Zealand on 11 June 2020.
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.
York Museums Trust
York Museums Trust was formed in 2002, as an independent charitable trust to manage the ...
The Human Bower
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, Torre Abbey Gardens 10am-4pm
A creative event asking: What would you keep for the future?
Heritage Futures exhibition now open at the Manchester Museum
Heritage Futures at Future Fest
06/07/2018 — 07/07/2018
6-7 July 2018
In partnership with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, we have been invited to programme two panels across two days for this year’s FutureFest, Europe’s largest Festival of the Future. Join us, along with project partners and friends of the project, for “Frozen Futures” on Friday and “Curated Decay” on Saturday.
‘Future Perspectives’ panel discussant
Listening to the Archive: Histories of sound data in the humanities and social sciences
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Breaking the Wall of the Museum. How anthropology investigates the cultural heritage of the future
Talk by Sharon Macdonald at Falling Walls, the International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.
Jennie Morgan and Sharon Macdonald. 2018. De-growing museum collections for new heritage futures. International Journal of Heritage Studies.