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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.

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. This is the case for museums with Social History collections, which is one area of focus. To understand how museums deal with prolific collections, and make decisions about what to acquire, we research key topics in practice and policy. This includes review and disposal, contemporary collecting, museum storage, and collection plans. We also look at when homes and museums interact to decide what to keep for the future. Times when they come into direct contact include when curators are involved in household clearances or when people donate things to museums.

Interventions

Talk

Afterlives Salon

02/03/2017

This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures.  How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett

Uncertainty
Transformation
Profusion
Diversity

Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Homes
Museums
Biodiversity
Cultural Diversity