SENKU-seminar with Amy Smith
Putting the academic back in the museum
During the past century, while national museums have developed blockbuster exhibits that prioritise style over substance and historical collections have encouraged cataloguing by community, that is, scenarios in which records of artefacts are annotated or even created by the general public, university collections have struggled along in their ivory towers. They have both gained and lost in their adoption of blockbuster techniques while digital resources have helped them in their work with relevant communities, to mutual benefit. Yet is there room any longer for academic matters? In the same century ‘academic’ has become more frequent its nominal sense—referring to a scholar—than its adjectival sense—relating to education. The academic person and the adjective have also both acquired a secondary sense of being ‘not of practical relevance’. In this lecture Amy C. Smith, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Reading, where she is also Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, will attempt to put the academic' back in museums—whether national, local or situated under the umbrella of the University—so that they might all develop their educational purposes.
Amy Smith is Professor and Curator, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading.
The seminar is informal and takes place in a friendly environment. The official programme will be followed by refreshments and continued discussions.