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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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Masterclass with Professor Christopher Brown

22nd January 2015, 10:00 to 13:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

Following his public lecture on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Trevelyan College, Durham, Professor Christopher Brown, recently retired as Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, will be giving a masterclass on working with museums, which forms part of CVAC's impact-related training programme in 'Working with Museums'.

The focus of the masterclass will be on collaborations between universities and museums and between academics and curatorial staff. The masterclass will take the form of an informal question and answer session. This will offer an opportunity to explore in greater depth the ideas presented in Professor Brown's formal lecture. It will also afford participants the opportunity of discussing with Professor Brown ideas that they might have for collaborative research projects involving museums.
Questions which might be considered during the session include:

  • How can academics find museums and collections relevant to their research?
  • How important is the 'impact agenda' for museums?
  • What can academics bring to the activities of museums?
  • How do museums work? Who does what in the museum sector?

The masterclass will take place from 10am - 12noon and will be followed by a buffet lunch for participants.

The masterclass is open to all staff and research students. It would be helpful to have an indication of numbers for catering purposes, so if you would like to reserve a place, could you email

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