Conference 2019 Highlights

Watch recordings of keynote and other sessions from the Brighton 2019 conference
Subhadra Das, Conference host
Subhadra Das is a historian, history of science communicator, comedian, writer and museum curator at UCL Culture, where she works with the UCL Pathology and Science Collections.
Keynote: Farhana Yamin – Museums and the climate crisis
Climate crisis activist and environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin joined the Extinction Rebellion climate action group in 2018 as coordinator of its political team. She was arrested earlier this year for gluing herself to the London headquarters of oil giant, Shell.
What is a museum?
Following the controversy over Icom’s proposed new definition of a museum a panel of experts discuss what the purpose and definition of a museum should be in the 21st century.
In conversation with Ahdaf Soueif
Ahdaf Soueif, who recently resigned as a trustee of London’s British Museum in protest at the institution’s position on issues such as sponsorship, outsourcing and repatriation, delivers the final keynote talk of the Brighton conference, in conversation with the writer Rachel Holmes.
The end of empire?
This panel reviews different approaches to understanding, sharing and democratising collections and institutions to expose the difficult stories behind our major institutions and collections.
World cultures curating
This session reflects on the skills required by today’s curators of world cultures collections. Provocations from speakers involved in recent pioneering projects support wider discussions among delegates.

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