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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Visual Evidence series: Evidence, Museums and Knowledge Workshop (Day 2)

18th November 2015, 09:00 to 14:00, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Dr Alex Burch (Natural History, Museum); Mungo Campbell (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow); and Stephanie Chapman (Foundling Museum, London)

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


This workshop is one element of the CVAC initiative on Visual Evidence as part of the IAS’s Evidence year and is strongly supported across the University and is an innovative way of asking difficult questions about how people learn from the visual evidence presented by museums.


The workshop will consist of a number of discussion sessions and will include speakers who currently manage and deliver learning in a museum context using visual evidence: Dr Alex Burch (Natural History, Museum); Mungo Campbell (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow); and Stephanie Chapman (Foundling Museum, London). The workshop will press on the fundamental question, “how it is possible to acquire knowledge from looking?” The organiser, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (History, Durham University) will draw upon her background in history and philosophy to science in order to create a stimulating and hard-working group of participants.


The workshop will take place on 17 November 2015, 2.00 – 4.00pm and 18 November 09.00 – 2.00pm, in the Kenworthy Hall at St Mary’s College. The workshop is not open to members of the public.

An event open to the public will be offered on 17 November 2015, 5.00 – 7.00pm in the Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College.
Additional information is available from Professor Ludmilla Jordanova ludmilla.jordanova@durham.ac.uk or kathryn.moore@durham.ac.uk.