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Challenging Social History: Navigating difficulties and caring for contested collections



Organiser:Museums Northumberland
Venue: National Civil War Centre and National Justice Museum
National Civil War Centre 14 Appleton Gate, Newark NG24 1JY and National Justice Museum High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN

NG24 1JY and NG1 1HN
Date(s):25.06.2020 - 26.06.2020
Event cost:To be confirmed

Challenging Social History: Navigating difficulties and caring for contested collections

The museum sector continues to face great challenges in 2020. We are looking
again at our collections to find hidden histories traditionally left out by past narratives.
We increasingly turn to partnership working to enhance our knowledge, open up
collections and access essential funding.
● How do pressures on museum staff affect the way we interpret history?
● How do we manage visitor, staff and stakeholder expectations of social
history collections; what happens when a story/audience isn’t represented?
● How do we foster a sense of ownership between staff and users?
● How do we look after our own health and well-being when working with
contested collections or stories?
The SHCG Conference 2020 aims to address these difficulties in an open and
honest way and provide guidance and advice. We look forward to hearing from
colleagues in the sector who have interpreted difficult histories, navigated
partnerships and dealt with funding cuts, and how they managed the situation,
successful or not.



Prospect House
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 3NH
United Kingdom

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