Open for discussion: two online events in March by the School of Advanced Study

9 and 18 March 2021, online

As museums, archives, and libraries emerge from lockdown, we have a stronger sense than ever of the challenges involved in providing access to the objects that carry our collective memories. While one-way routes and Perspex shields may be new, the complexities around acquiring, preserving, finding, and using collections are not.
The School of Advanced Study (University of London) has announced two special online events for March 2021 in the Open for Discussion series, organised with the Warburg Institute and the Institute of English Studies:
Poets and Archives: Tuesday 9 March, 6.00-7.15pm GMT
How do poets and readers unlock archives and collections? What do poets’ archives, both contemporary and historic, tell us about processes and practices, archiving and storing?
Poetry readings by Linda Anderson, John Challis, and Theresa Muñoz are followed by a discussion on the relationship between poets and archives, co-chaired by Clare Lees (Director, Institute of English Studies) and Bill Sherman (Director, Warburg Institute).
Free via zoom. Please book in advance here:
Unlocking Collections: Thursday 18 March: 6.00-7.15pm
How can we give access to the vast number of objects in storage? How do institutions reveal the hidden histories of their collections? What new tools are emerging for sharing cultural
A panel discussion co-chaired by Clare Lees and Bill Sherman, with Rebecca Bailey (Historic Environment Scotland), Catherine Ince (V&A East), Adam Lowe (Factum Foundation), Catriona
Cannon (Bodleian Libraries), Maria Fusco (Professor of Fine Art, Dundee).
Free via zoom. Please book in advance here:

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