Museums have been profoundly shaped by war and armed conflict, and have also played a significant part in shaping understandings and memories about them. Yet there has been little sustained examination of the way museums in war and war in museums has played out. Since Gaynor Kavanagh’s foundational study Museums and the First World War in 1994, and with the publication this year of Catherine Pearson’s similarly ground-breaking Museums in the Second World War, it is clear that museums have played and can play an important role in helping society address such crisis situations.
Conferences & study days
To mark the opening of its four new galleries in September 2018, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, will host a conference centred on the role and significance of memory in histories of exploration. Over the last few decades maritime exploration in its broadest sense has become one of the most exciting fields of study, with researchers from many different disciplinary backgrounds enriching, questioning and reinterpreting the subject for contemporary audiences.
Over the past decade, thousands of amateur photographers from across the globe have submitted their work to the Insight Astronomy of the Year competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Their images combine technical mastery of the camera with artistic flair and a passion for astronomy and they have captured the attention of public and media alike.
The programme includes speakers covering collections and projects at RMG, Tate, Historic Royal Palaces, Fitzwilliam Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, Fan Museum, and Royal Collection Trust.
In the 250th anniversary year of James Cook’s departure in command of the Endeavour on the first of three famous voyages of exploration, this conference seeks to interrogate the way stories are told about heroism in the history of navigation, including land, sea, air and space.
The registration fee includes refreshments on both days, a wine reception on Thursday evening, a sandwich lunch on Friday as well as an optional ceiling tour of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on Thursday morning prior to the start of the conference.
In September 2016, Royal Museums Greenwich acquired the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. This remarkable work of art has captured widespread attention from its creation until the present day, providing a defining image of what has come to be seen as a critical moment in history: the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in the summer of 1588.
Training provides opportunity to:
Please note: Following the postponement of this symposium, due to weather and transport issues, we are pleased to announce the rescheduled date of Wednesday 2nd May.
This symposium brings together specialists from across all spheres of the art and superyacht industries, supported by our own team of conservation experts, in association with Pandora Art Services.
During the conference the exciting result of a previously unannounced and unofficial test of Martin Burgess’s ‘Clock B’ at the Royal Observatory was revealed.