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Date January 9 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm


Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 9.30 am Hosted by Ceredigion Museum Venue: Museum Gallery

Museums are a key platform for a civil society in transformation. This interdisciplinary forum brings together different voices to reflect on the financial and cultural impact of Brexit for representing and performing identity within the public sphere. The event links theory with practice by bringing academics together with curators, administrators, and visitor groups to work through dilemmas that arise when developing exhibitions and managing collections.

The event is organised by Silvia Hassouna, a PhD-student researcher working on national identity and museums in the Palestinian context, and Rhys Dafydd Jones, lecturer in Human Geography and member of Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD). It will take place at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth with participation from the National Museums and Galleries.


09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and introduction: Managing museums in times of austerity Carrie Canham (Curator at Ceredigion Museum)

10.00 – 11.20 Session I: Marketisation and pressures faced by museums Talk by Bella Dicks (National Museum Wales) moderated by Gareth Hoskins (Aberystwyth University)

11.20 – 11.40 Break with tea and coffee

11.40 – 13.00 Session II: Issues of representation and participation Talk by Helen Graham (University of Leeds) moderated by Alice Briggs (Ceredigion Museum)

13.00 – 13.30 Conclusions: State-of-the-art. Sharing outcomes and recommendations
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch at the Museum

Details Session I: Marketisation and pressures faced by museums – a historical perspective For almost two decades museums have been pressured to generate their own income, while academic critiques of cultural commodification are invariably levelled against local grassroots interests as an appropriation or a dilution of ‘the authentic’. Are there other conversations about economy-identity relations to be had within the museum sector? How might the challenging environment of a post Brexit world – with its heightened sensitivity to community and difference – work to create new museum communities and new museum responsibilities?

Session II: Issues of representation, participation and global relations International relationships in terms of policy and funding have been crucial in shaping the profile of Welsh culture and Welsh museums but what role will Welsh museums play in a post-Brexit institutional landscape cut off from European financial and infrastructural support. How can museums represent the competing identity claims associated with Brexit? How might museums articulate multiple identities (e.g. Welsh, British, European) in a time of popular nationalism? How might they help to cultivate new modes of belonging in the current political climate?

Confirmed participants

Alice Briggs (Ceredigion Museum)

Carrie Canham (Ceredigion Museum)

Bella Dicks (National Museum Wales)

Helen Graham (University of Leeds)

Gareth Hoskins (Aberystwyth University)


January 9
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Ceredigion Museum
Bath Street
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AQ United Kingdom
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