Seminar: Only Human

Only Human: Social History & Ethnography

This seminar is a joint venture between Social History Curators' Group (SHCG) and Museum Ethnographers' Group (MEG). Talks from specialists in social history and ethnography will discuss the differences and similarities between the two disciplines. Both use museum objects to study and interpret the lives of human beings but how can we bring them closer together in productive and enlightening ways? The day will also include a guided tour of the redeveloped Leeds City Museum, which recently re-opened in the refurbished Grade II listed Leeds Institute building in Leeds city centre. New galleries in the museum include the World View Gallery, with an opening exhibition on Africa, and the Leeds Collectors Gallery.

Venue: Leeds City Museum
Date: Friday 27th February 2009
Time: 10.15 – 4.00
Cost (including lunch): £20 SHCG/MEG Members, £30 Non-members

LIMITED PLACES – BOOK NOW! We expect this seminar to sell out quickly.

Seminar Programme:

10.15 Registration and Coffee

10.40 Welcome
Seminar Organisers – Adam Jaffer, Kylea Little, Hannah Crowdy

10.45 Introduction to Leeds’ redevelopment and new Social History and Ethnography galleries

11.15 The Edith Durham Collection of Balkan Textiles
Miriam Scargall, Bankfield Museum

11.45 Beauty – in the eye of the beholder?
Tony Eccles, Royal Albert Memorial Museum

12.30 LUNCH

13.15 Tour of relevant galleries

14.30 Worktown and Mass Observation
Daniel Smith, Bolton Museum

15.00 Coffee

15.15 ‘Ethnography’ and ‘Social History’ on Display – Examples from New Zealand
Sauda Motara, Newcastle University

15.45 Evaluation

16.00 Close

Contact Kylea Little or Hannah Crowdy for a booking form and/or more information.


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