Conference Day 1 - November 5th

Day One Programme: Tuesday 5 November


0830 – 0915    Registration and refreshments


0915 – 0930    Introduction and welcome

Alex Woodall, Conference Manager


0930 – 1000    Opening remarks

Dr Suzanne Macleod, Professor Richard Sandell and Dr Sheila Watson, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester


1000 – 1045    Keynote address

Sharon Heal, Editor, Museums Journal

Curators have only interpreted the world: the point is to change it

(Chaired by Laura Crossley)


1045 – 1100    Refreshments


1100 – 1230    Session 1: Coming to terms with our terms

(Chaired by Elee Kirk)


Jane K Nielsen, University of St Andrews, UK

Transformations in the postmodern museum

Rikke Haller Baggesen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Museum metamorphosis à la mode


Dr Rachel Souhami, University of Manchester, Imperial College London and Freelance, UK

In case of emergency, break convention: displaying new ideas in exhibitions

1230 – 1330    Lunch


1330 – 1530    Session 2: Changing spaces, changing epistemologies

(Chaired by Helen Wilkinson)


Stephanie Bowry, University of Leicester, UK

Before the museum: the curiosity cabinet as cultural object and metamorphe

Pandora Syperek, University College London, UK

Monad to man: shifting natural histories in the Index Museum

David Francis, University College London, UK

Metamorphosis as dialogic discourse: the changing galleries of the British Museum

Mario Schulze, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Things are changing: about objects and exhibition design in German museums (1960-2000)


1530 – 1545    Refreshments


1545 – 1630    Workshop

(Chaired by Amy Hetherington)


Dr Nick Winterbotham, Chair, GEM, UK

Metamorphoses: leadership, resilience and learning


1645 – 1815    Session 3: Art and change

(Chaired by Ryan Nutting)


Sarah Punshon and Marie Hobson*, Natural History Museum, UK

Artistic change? Live performance and participation at the Natural History Museum: the results of a one-year experiment

*Marie is no longer able to attend in person


Ioanna Zouli, London South Bank University, UK

Tate in transition: discussing the dynamics of digital


Catharina Hendrick, University of Leicester, UK

Collecting ‘new media art’: creating organisational change in museums


1830 – 1945    Museum Metamorphosis exhibition opening and drinks reception

(Speech by Dr Janet Marstine, introduced by Laura Crossley)


2000                Conference dinner, MORE restaurant

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