The Lampedusa Cross and the Question of Allowing Relevance

Recently, I heard Emma Jane Kirby’s piece on the British Museum’s acquisition of The Lampedusa Cross in October 2015. It highlighted some of the frustrations I have with current approaches to museums and their practice, certainly in the UK, and I’d like to ponder that a bit further in this post.   Just a quick … Continue reading The Lampedusa Cross and the Question of Allowing Relevance

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Interpretation and Ethics: Displaying Human Remains

If you’ve been reading my blog you will know that I don’t believe in making my own opinion known when I interpret.  No matter how contentious the story, I think it’s important to share all the facts, allow room for all the views.  I’m a facilitator, not a dictator of opinions. I feel that we're … Continue reading Interpretation and Ethics: Displaying Human Remains

Impressions from the IE/NAI Interpretation Conference in Sweden

I spent this week at the joint Interpret Europe/National Association for Interpretation conference in Sweden.  The conference theme was global citizenship, but probably due to my own interests, I ended up hearing mostly papers on stakeholder engagement [1]. Here are a few impressions and thoughts that I’ve had during the conference – no doubt I’ll … Continue reading Impressions from the IE/NAI Interpretation Conference in Sweden

Encountering the Sacred: Reflections on the British Museum’s Study Day

I spent today at the British Museum’s ‘Encountering the Sacred in Museums’ Study Day. Museums: Spiritual or Secular? Johnathan Williams, Director of Collections at the British Museum, started the day by making much of the original collector’s intentions, which were apparently to show the divine as captured in objects and to challenge disbelievers by showing … Continue reading Encountering the Sacred: Reflections on the British Museum’s Study Day