University of Leicester Professor at Bible Museum panel

Posted by ap507 at Oct 26, 2017 09:41 AM |
Gordon Campbell has helped shape development of major museum

Issued by University of Leicester on 26 October 2017

A month before it opens to the public, the Museum of the Bible in the US hosted a scholarly panel discussion featuring a University of Leicester Professor.

The panel outlined the rigorous process used to create content displayed throughout the museum and answered questions about the museum's collection practices, some of which have been challenged.

The panel of diverse, independent scholars – including Professor Gordon Campbell from Leicester - who were involved in the development or review of museum content, and museum leaders addressed compelling questions, including:

  • How have exhibit content plans for Museum of the Bible evolved over the past three years?
  • Is the museum nonsectarian in its approach?
  • How did Museum of the Bible determine what to include in its exhibits?
  • How is the museum ensuring all of its exhibits adhere to the highest ethical standards, especially regarding provenance?

"The history that we're presenting has a real academic rigor behind it," said Gordon Campbell, D.Phil., D.Litt, who serves at University of Leicester as fellow in renaissance studies, and contributed to the museum's History and Impact floors. "I am confident that it's going to be a success and that it will be judged a success once people have seen the exhibits." 

As for questions of provenance?

"On provenance, I'm eager, as are my colleagues, that everything be open and available," Campbell said. "It's in our interest, and it’s certainly in the interest of scholars to make as much information as possible available in the public domain. So that's where we're headed."

Campbell added that the focus now is on the physical museum and artefacts while further efforts toward transparency — such as making provenance information available online — are in the works.

The 430,000-square-foot museum is located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and will be dedicated on Nov. 17. Information regarding timed-entry tickets can be found at

Read a blog by Professor Campbell on planning the Museum here:


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