Museum Studies’ ‘Cabinet’ receives new award
A collaboration between the University’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries and critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser has won this year’s Observer Ethical Award for Arts and Culture.
‘Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept in a Box’ is the culmination of a research project, initiated and led by RCMG in the School of Museum Studies, in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Science Museum, SHAPE, and with advice and support from the Smithsonian Institution. The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.
Fraser uses inspiration from the objects, specimens, photographs and papers from the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and the Science Museum to explore how present day perceptions of disability have been shaped.
The project had received a raft of praise in the media.
The 9th Observer Ethical Awards are the “biggest celebration of environmental and social justice yet. They celebrate the people, organisations and campaigners who are leading the way to ensure we have an ethical future.”
Jocelyn Dodd, Director of RCMG, said “We have been carrying out research in this area for more than 15 years with the aim of stimulating change in museums and supporting their engagement with contemporary social issues. We are thrilled that our collaboration with Mat Fraser and museum partners has received this recognition.”
Richard Sandell added “The Observer Ethical Awards place a welcome spotlight on arts and culture projects that aim to bring about a more just and fair society. All the project partners are delighted that the important but often overlooked issue of disability discrimination and prejudice has been highlighted in this way.”