Helping museums in the East Midlands to serve the public better

Helping museums in the East Midlands to serve the public better

Contemporary Collecting

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EMMS Square logo for twitter etc (256x256)CONTEMPORARY COLLECTING: physical, digital and intangible – why and how

JUNE 29th    venue tbc

In a rapidly-changing world we are constantly being told we need to be ‘relevant’, and appealing to a broader range of audiences with differing needs and interests

But with so much ‘stuff’ produced these days, how do we decide what is important and significant enough to collect?  How do we develop and ‘enforce’ an effective Collections Development Policy?

And do we need an actual example of ‘everything’, when digital records might suffice?  Objects and records are no longer ‘actual’/physical, with large amounts of potentially significant contemporary material existing in digital/virtual form. Conversely, many of today’s artefacts have a built in obsolescence and are not intended for long term survival, creating their own storage and display issues.

This workshop will explore the ethical and physical issues raised by museums’ need to reflect and collect not just the past but also contemporary society.

Speaker details and further information coming soon.

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