"We have a preeminent role in making the collections accessible to all. Free admission is important, and enabling people to gain an understanding of things which are important to the social fabric of our society. And the fine balance which one has to achieve as a curator is that you present the information about an object without actually trying to detract from the object or distract from the visitors’ view of the object. – By this I mean, we want people to look at the object and not just read the label."

(David Wright, Curator Wisbech & Fenland Museum/UK)

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum: The Wisbech & Fenland Museum/UK

Film screening and artist talk with Sabine Bürger (Essen) | organised by Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chair of Postcolonial Studies, Duisburg-Essen University, for the lecture series 'Colonialism’s Heritage in Museums and Archives'

Venue: R12 R04 B02, Duisburg-Essen University, Universitätsstr. 9-11, 45131 Essen/Germany

On Friday, 18 November 2016, 10 am – 12 noon, multimedia artist Sabine Bürger will present Great Expectations, her 2013 video about the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. The film screening will be followed by an artist talk, in which Sabine Bürger elaborates on her exploration of the museum's collections and archive, and her interview with former curator David Wright. 

The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in Britain. It holds a substantial collection from the Chauncey Hare Townsend bequest (which was divided up between the Victoria & Albert Museum and the museum in Wisbech), including the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations. The fascinating video provides an insight into the museum's diverse collections while deconstructing the role of museums today. The Artist Talk is part of the seminar "Colonialism's Heritage in Museums and Archives," which has been awarded funding within UDE's 2016 Teaching Diversity (Lehre Divers) scheme. All welcome! 


© Sabine Bürger 2015