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.
Association of Independent Museums
AIM is a national charitable organisation which connects, supports and represents independent museums, galleries and ...
Arts Council England (Yorkshire)
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s ...
York Museums Trust
York Museums Trust was formed in 2002, as an independent charitable trust to manage the ...
The New School House Gallery
Paula Jackson and Robert Teed co-founded The New School House Gallery in 2009 and are ...
The National Museum of World Cultures
The National Museum of World Cultures (Netherlands) comprises three museums on three different sites- the ...
Anthropology of Art Research Centre, Chinese National Academy of Arts
We collaborate as partner researchers with the Anthropology of Art Research Centre at the Chinese ...
Anthropology Institute, Minzu University of China
We collaborate as partner researchers with the Anthropology Institute, Minzu University of China in Beijing
Where are all the people? How images of shelving reveal deeper problems in the way we think about archives
Curating Profusion: From connoisseurship to mediation?
Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan will be speaking at the Museumslabor Seminar Series at the Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin.
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
The 100,000 Year Question
What Museums (can) do
Talk by Sharon Macdonald at ‘Wissensort Museum. Traditionen – Positionen – Perspektiven’ at the University of Gottingen.
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.
From the Vault to the Archive
Macdonald, S. (2016) Review of Haidy Geismar, Treasured Possessions. Indigenous Interventions into Cultural and Intellectual Property (Duke University Press). In JRAI, 22: 237-38.
What will our future memories be?
Interview with Sharon Macdonald on CCCBLAB
Curating domestic profusion
The New School House Gallery, York
Living with and through profusion: narrating selves and shaping futures
Association of Social Anthropologists Conference ASA2016, Durham
Curating museum profusion: looking to ethnography of domestic excess for new collecting futures
Interview about the Profusion theme with Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan featured on the University of York website
Meaningful Objects: Stories and Videos From the Curating Domestic Profusion Workshop
Sorting through (ethnographic) things: reflections on Profusion theme fieldwork
Curating Profusion: Caring for the future and assembling value in homes and smaller museums
Who Cares? Interventions in 'unloved' musuem collections