BARS Digital Events: Romanticism and the Museum

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By Anna Mercer

Join us on Zoom on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 5pm GMT. Tickets here.

This event proposes to discuss the challenges facing museums and heritage institutions and organisations in 2021. We specifically want to explore the role of museums based in the UK that are dedicated to celebrating the works and lives of figures from the Romantic period. These sites are far more than single buildings – they provide a dedicated space for conversation and inspiration. Literary house museums lead the way in championing the importance of preserving the legacy of literary icons, both in their work with collections, but also in their work with the communities that they serve. The event will also seek to ask who such museums are for, and how they can engage new groups beyond their core following.

This roundtable will crucially include a range of speakers: curators, academics, and early career scholars who work with and study literary house museums.

Some of the issues we will be exploring include:

  • Diversifying audiences
  • Digital exhibitions and communications (especially in light of the global pandemic)
  • Funding, including the question of balancing sustainable income as well as providing targeted activities for specific groups
  • Collections: care and promotion
  • Engaging both local and …read more