‘Museums and Digital Culture after the Pandemic’ is an online symposium taking place on 11 December where we will take stock of how museums and galleries adapted during 2020 and where we go from here. How will the pandemic and its aftermath affect how we create new digital content for museums and galleries? How will it re-shape the relationship that museums and galleries have with their audiences? On the one hand, there are exciting opportunities to create digital experiences, within and outside museum walls, that allow different museum communities to emerge. On the other, digital technology creates new barriers to participation, potentially deepening existing inequality of access to museums and their collections.
The symposium will feature insights from two AHRC-funded University of Nottingham museum projects that had to significantly adapt the way they worked in 2020. Speakers from these projects will be joined by museum experts to discuss how museums created new digital cultures during the pandemic, what the future now holds for digital culture in museums, and how museums and universities can work together to overcome the challenges we face.
Andrea Hadley-Johnson (Artistic Programme Manager, National Justice Museum), ‘Letters of Constraint’
Brendan Cormier (Lead Curator, Shekou Design Museum Project, V&A), ‘Pandemic Objects’
James Mansell (Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham), Annie Jamieson (Curator of Sound Technologies, National Science and Media Museum) and Alex De Little (Research Fellow, University of Nottingham), ‘Sonic Futures: Collecting, Curating and Engaging with Sound at the National Science and Media Museum’
Louise Stafford (Director of Learning, National Holocaust Centre and Museum) and Paul Tennent (Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Nottingham), ‘The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust’
We very much hope to welcome you to the event for a lively and informed discussion on the future of the sector.