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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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CVAC and IAS Visual Evidence Series: Evidence, Museums and Knowledge Workshop

17th November 2015, 14:00 to 18th November 2015, 14:00, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

In contemporary culture it is simply assumed that people learn from visiting museums and looking. In the workshop we will reflect on this assumption from a number of perspectives, including those of museum professionals. Educational activities in museums provide a fruitful way in, for example. Those with a diverse range of interests will come together to think hard about an area that plays an important role in the present day.

We are delighted that Susan Raikes (British Museum, London), Dr Mungo Campbell (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow), Dr Tim Boon (Science Museum, London) and Dr Tilly Blythe (Science Musuem, London) will be contributing, alongside others at Durham University including Dr. Sarah Price; Dr. Craig Barclay; Dr. Keith Bartlett, Dr. Tom Stammers and Ms. Hazel Edwards, and other members of CVAC.

There will be organized tours of Durham University Museums and the DLI if required.

For programme details, please click here. To register a place, please email CVAC with your name and any dietary requirements.


The workshop will feature those who actually manage and deliver learning in a museum context using visual evidence. Learning teams should be integral to any discussion of this subject. It includes people who work in complex museums (e.g. the Hunterian, Glasgow) and unusual ones (e.g. the Foundling Museum, which is, so far as I know unique in the UK) and also those that deliver specialized knowledge (the Natural History Museum, one of the most visited venues in the UK). The workshop will really press on the fundamental question, “how it is possible to acquire knowledge from looking?” 

This workshop is one element of the CVAC initiative on Visual Evidence as part of the IAS’s Evidence year. 

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