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'History Rising' Study day

Thursday 24th October 2013, 4–7.30pm

History Rising Study day
Thursday 24th October 2013,
10B Wensum St, Norwich NR3 1HR

Join an afternoon of walks, presentations and discussions expanding on the issues raised in History Rising.

4.00pm Meet at Norwich Castle Museum; view The Grand Release in the rotunda.
4.15pm Walk to OUTPOST where Marjolijn Dijkman has created a project space including a video, sculptural installation, museum display item from Denny Farmland Museum and a book display.
4.30pm Jes Fernie, curator and producer of History Rising
Introduction to History Rising and speakers for the afternoon
4.45pm Marjolijn Dijkman, artist, History Rising
Introduction to the artist’s practice and the genesis of History Rising
5.15pm Mónica Núñez Laiseca, Curator and Tutor in Museums Studies, University of East Anglia
From teddy bears to suitcases: a short history of museum display: The mechanisms museums put in place to present their collections relay a very particular set of conditions, curatorial strategies and institutional structures which instill a particular historical weight onto their objects. Mónica will look back at the early days of museum practice to introduce three models of display which continue to exert a powerful influence today.
5.40pm Amanda Geitner, Chief Curator, Sainsbury’s Centre
The story of display at the Sainsbury Centre (1976–2013): When Norman Foster designed the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia in the 1970s he had a clear idea of the direction he wanted the exhibition spaces and the display elements to take. These spaces remain largely intact today, creating a fascinating case study for museum display forty years on.
6.00pm Break
6.15pm Krzysztzof Fijalkowski, Senior Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts
The influence of pre-war modernism on design in Britain: Many artists are drawn to museum spaces precisely because of the way in which they appear to embody history and traditional scholarly values, but can the museum also be seen as a prototypically modernist space? This presentation will dwell on links between modernist and contemporary models of creative practice and current modes of museum display.
6.35pm Ruth Battersby-Tooke, Curator, Textiles and Costumes Dept, Norwich Castle Museum
All costume off a man[nequin] is pitiful or grotesque: A curator’s love/hate relationship with costume mounting: Display structures in museum costume departments include mannequins and support mechanisms, all of which tell a tale about the time in which they were produced, highlighting curatorial tastes and fashions. Ruth Battersby-Tooke will use the Costume and Textile Collections at Norfolk Museums and Archeology Service to reflect on the ways that costumes are displayed and to consider the role of the constructed body in understanding historic dress.
6.55pm Discussion
7.15pm Refreshments including cakes inspired by The Grand Release
7.30pm Event ends

The event is free but booking required. Please email [email protected] for a place.

History Rising is a study of museum display across East Anglia by Marjolijn Dijkman, curated and produced by Jes Fernie. The four-month programme is made up of a wide-ranging series of installations, events and commissions in Norwich, Wisbech, Dereham and Cambridge, organised in partnership with Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, OUTPOST, Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Wysing Arts Centre, Aid & Abet and Denny Farmland Museum.

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Click here to download the programme.(768 KB)