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Curating the Nation

Event date Event time Event location
11/06/2015 BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

Our great national collections document a vast wealth of information and experience – from our daily lives to the most significant world events. They are as integral to our lives as individuals as they are to our national life and as vital to our future as they are to understanding our past.

With an introduction from its Director, Neil MacGregor, the British Museum will host a debate on ‘Curating the Nation’, the inaugural debate in the AHRC Anniversary Debates exploring ‘The Way We Live Now’. How do our great national collections continue to secure access to national collections for future generations? What is the role of the national institution in a global world?  How should we capture new kinds of gallery interventions such as live performance?  How can we meet the expectations of diverse audiences and involve them in curating?  And how should these cultural institutions respond to regional identities within the UK?

These are just some of the questions that this debate will address. The panel will include Dr Nick Merriman, Dr Richard Price, Hilary Roberts, Rebecca Bailey and Kieran Long.

This debate is a collaboration between the AHRC, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museums and all the Independent Research Organisations.

The debate will be live-streamed on this page. Bookmark it and return at 6pm 11th June to watch.

Curating the Nation: Live Video Stream

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Further Information

Further national debates held across the country will consider the AHRC’s 10th Anniversary Debates theme of ‘The Way We Live Now’, including ‘The Challenge of Change’ at Newcastle University) and ‘Faith and Education’ at Cambridge University. Full information is avaialble on the AHRC website.

Doctoral students are invited to respond to the debate theme as part of The AHRC Anniversary Essay Competition. For full details of this opportunity, visit the AHRC website.

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