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
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
Who Cares? Interventions in 'unloved' musuem collections
The New School House Gallery
Paula Jackson and Robert Teed co-founded The New School House Gallery in 2009 and are ...
Meaningful Objects: Stories and Videos From the Curating Domestic Profusion Workshop
‘The Human Bower’: Exploring Heritage-Futures through a Participatory Research-Arts Event
09/11/2018 — 10/12/2018
From the Vault to the Archive
Curating Profusion: Caring for the future and assembling value in homes and smaller museums
Transforming Loss: Knowledge Exchange at Orford
Manchester Museum, One Year On
Summary of the Nature-Culture Workshop at IUCN
Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan. 2018. How can we know the future? Uncertainty, transformation, and magical techniques of significance assessment in museum collecting. Assessment of Significance. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum, pp.20-26