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IHR Public History seminar series

April 27, 2014

I’ve been sent this notice about the Institute of Historical Research. Their Public History Seminars are free and open to all, you don’t need to book, just turn up, so it’s worth checking out their web pages for upcoming events

We have two seminars coming up in the next two months as part of the IHR Public History seminar series.

The first will be on Wednesday 7 May with former MGHG treasurer Dr Kathrin Pierin (see abstract below).

On Wednesday 4 June curator Dr Sue Brunning will talk about redisplaying the British Museum’s material from Sutton Hoo in the early medieval Europe gallery with Prof Patrick Wright as a discussant.

Both events take place at Senate House, Malet Street, starting at 5.30pm.

Changing interpretations of Jewish history and art in Anglo-Jewish museums
Dr Kathrin Pieren (Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton)

Museums set up by minority groups tend to target at least two broadly distinct segments of the population: the minority population itself, and a general audience. This can lead to interpretive dilemmas and, at times, even to conflicting institutional purposes. It also means that their interpretations are particularly sensitive barometers to study minority-majority relations. Studying changes in interpretation therefore gives us an insight into social change all while sharpening our eyes with regards to the complex web of other factors that influence interpretation in these and other museums. In my talk I will attempt to identify some of the main influences on the interpretation of Jewish history and art over a period of 100 years between social and cultural factors and transformations in the heritage sector and in historiography.

Venue: Athlone Room, 102, Senate House, first floor​

Perspectives on Sutton Hoo, Sue Brunning (British Museum) & Patrick Wright

Venue: Gordon Room, G34, Senate House, ground floor

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