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When publics co-produce history in museums: skills, methodologies and impact of participation

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Event date: Wednesday, 07 December 2022 09:00 am - 05:30 pm
Place: Online

Organised by the Public History as new Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project, the 2022 symposium focuses on groups and communities becoming active participants in the production of history in museums.

Different publics do not simply consume history in museums (as visitors or users) but may also contribute to preserving, producing, and exhibiting history. The symposium will explore questions such as what groups and communities can bring to the production of history in museums and their impact on historical narratives and on the institutions representing them. It will also delve into the limits and challenges of participatory practices and co-production processes in history museums.

What can public participants (not) do? What skills and knowledge are necessary? What are the examples of collaborative decision-making processes that allow contributions from the different publics and how do they affect the role and functioning of museums?

Join us and our international panellists to discover more and engage in this stimulating and relevant conversation!




Welcome and opening of the Symposium


Panel 1: Different expertise and voices in history co-production


Chair: Thomas Cauvin


Keeping coal mining alive’: when eyewitnesses co-produce public histories of mining work
Grace Simpson


Participation at Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino: A complex set of practices for a complex territory
Elena Montanari


Guraban and Our Journeys Our Stories: Chinese Voices and Aboriginal stories- collaborative community history at Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Claire Baddeley & Vanessa Jacob


Coffee break


Panel 2: Participation with publics, citizen science and co-creation


Chair: Grace Simpson


Museum Clubs in Poland as tools to facilitate participation in a historical and contemporary perspective
Marta Kopiniak


Leeds Museums and Galleries 200th birthday biography
Catherine Robins


Collecting the Anthropocene Together: Developing a Participatory, Digital and experimental platform on Environmental Transformations
Aurelia Desplain


Lunch break


Panel 3: Diversifying the narratives through participation


Chair: Camilla Portesani


Co-designing University Museum Together with Students: A Case Study from Keio Museum Commons, Japan
Dr Goki Miyakita & Yu Homma


Community-based, Collaborative Curating with Children in Cape Town
Monica Eileen Patterson


The Fear of Participation in Pakistani Museums
Dr Shaila Bhatti


Coffee break


Panel 4: Multiple voices in museums and their impact


Chair: Chris Reynolds


A community of creators: The multiple impacts of Library of Congress crowdsourcing volunteers
Abigail Shelton


Closing or widening the gap? Participation and super-diversity
Tina de Gendt


Who says communities need museums? Where does the real expertise lie?
Graham Black


Coffe break


Panel 5: Critical reflections on participation and its principles


Chair: Tina de Gendt


Voices of ’68: The role of co-production in meeting the challenges of the past in Northern Ireland
Chris Reynolds


Public history and participation: the role of trust in co-creative practice
Lorna Elms


Museum participation as labor: An ethnographic inquiry
Irene Hilden & Andrei Zavadski


Conclusive remarks and thanks


More information required? Please contact us at phacs@uni.lu.

Link: Please register rto receive the Webex link.
When publics co-produce history in museums