Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend
Tuesday 10th March
11:00 – 15:00
Find out in this free day-school as we explore the concept of a ‘dispersed exhibition,’ unpack some of the successes and challenges, and consider the future for this approach.
Increasingly museums are being urged to work in partnerships, at and across all levels. In addition, National Museums, conscious of their role outside London, are seeking to ensure the collections they hold for the nation reach more people by travelling beyond the walls of their own institutions.
Over the last six years Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the National Portrait Gallery have worked with a number of partner museums in the North East of England and on Hadrian’s Wall to create ‘dispersed exhibitions’. That is to say, an exhibition of 9-11 portraits, but with one portrait on display in each of the participating museums, with audiences encouraged to visit several venues.
This approach has been replicated successfully on three occasions. North Face (2008), Explorers (2011), and Wall Face (2014) , with a variety of museums participating, from large urban Local Authority venues to small rural voluntary run museums.
In each case the museums were all closely involved in final selection, text and display design, ensuring that a true partnership approach was taken throughout. In addition to the exhibition, learning and engagement programmes were developed that helped participants engage with the theme of the exhibition and the concept of portraiture in general.
The purpose of this day is to explore the concept of a dispersed exhibition, to look at some of the principles applied across this set of exhibitions, unpack some of the successes and challenges, and consider the future for this approach.
Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.
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