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Changing practices in museum interpretation - LRDG seminar

Date: 19 October 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: County South Room C89

Ian Gibson, Head of Lancashire Museums Service,

will speak on

Changing practices in museum interpretation.

Cabinets of Curiosities were popular with the public and were an early form of what we now call museums.However, the first museum in the U.K., in the sense that we now use the term museum, was the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London - opened in 1660. The British Museum opened in 1759. These early museums were not really for the hoi polloi, although had they thought to make that statement it would have come from their classical Greek scholars. The adaptation of the expression into English seems to have happened in the early nineteenth century.Early object labels were written by expert curators who were so expert as to be incomprehensible to those not intimately acquainted with their subject specialisms. This talk seeks to show something of the changes in museum practices that have occurred over the last 250 years, and poses the question:- "Has popularisation gone too far?"

Event website: http://literacy.lancs.ac.uk

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacy, Literacy and health, Museums

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