In 2012 Jocelyn Dodd of the University of Leicester undertook a piece of qualitative research on the theme of ‘European national museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen' at six national museums namely Estonian National Museum, Latvian Open-Air Museum, National History Museum in Greece, German Historical Museum, National Museum of Scotland and National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History. Interviews and focus groups were undertaken with a diverse range of visitors including minority groups and national and non-national visitors. Participants responded to and explored the understanding and use of national museums by the public; mapping public understanding of the ‘national' and Europe and examining how visitors use the past to construct national and European identities. Click here to download the full report.
Jocelyn is Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries and Senior Research Fellow, School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. The project was funded by EuNaMus, an organisation concerned with understanding how the national museum can best aid European cohesion and confront social issues which test European stability and unity.
Date: 11am (until 1pm) Thursday 25 July 2013