More in Common? Representing Divisive Pasts in Museums, Ulster Museum, Belfast (Seminar)

Posted: Sunday, 12 November 2017

National Museums NI is presenting a seminar 'More in Common? Representing Divisive Pasts in Museums' at Ulster Museum, Belfast on Thursday 23 November 2017, 10am - 4pm.

Recent polarisation has created social and political shockwaves and the prospect of an uncertain future. Such division is not simply symptomatic of our current situation; it is also a legacy of past events and experiences which have divided public opinion and identities. As we state in the introduction to the Troubles gallery at the Ulster Museum, ‘while we have a shared past, we do not have a shared memory'. What does this mean for the role of museums? While we say we are for everyone, how can we ensure everyone feels welcome and has representation in the stories we tell? And how can we provide a safe and shared space for different voices and opinions to be heard and true dialogue to occur? In this seminar, museum professionals from around the UK and Ireland will share their experiences of collecting, researching and interpreting divisive pasts, and give practical support and advice to encourage further courageous advances in this field.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Rowan Brown, Chair of the Museums Association Ethics Committee
• Karen Logan, Project Curator for ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond', NMNI
• Mark O'Neill, Former Director of Policy and Research at Glasgow Life

This event is part of National Museums NI's ‘Participate in Poppies' programme. National Museums NI and the Belfast International Arts Festival have partnered to bring Poppies: Weeping Window to the Ulster Museum, Belfast from Saturday 14 October - Sunday 3 December 2017.

To book, please contact Jenny Carmichael by Monday 13 November 2017 - NMNI, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU, with the below:

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• Your name, organisation, job title and Twitter name will be included in the delegate list
• This is a free event. A light lunch will be provided