Some of my readers might be interested in the upcoming conference at the Boston Athenaeum:
New Audiences for Old Houses: Building a Future with the Past"The symposium addresses audience cultivation and development in historic house museums. Guest speakers look to both the past and present in their assessment of the changing audiences of historic houses. Topics of discussion include the history of house museum interpretation and audience experience, the institutional developments that affect and are affected by changing audiences and societal demands, and the current and prospective audiences of historic house museums in contemporary society.
September 28, 2007 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Boston Athenaeum 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Sponsors: The Nichols House Museum
The Boston University Art History Department and Preservation Studies Program
The Boston Athenaeum
Speakers & Lecture Titles:
Cary Carson Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, (ret.)
"The End of History Museums: What's Plan B?"
Curator of Collections and Research, Leighton House Museum, London, England
"Leighton House Museum and the New Connoisseurship"
Professor, Humanities Department, University of Central Lancashire, England
"Recovering the Popular Past: The Beamish Open-Air Museum in its British Context"
Giles Waterfield Director, Royal Collection Studies, Attingham Trust, England
"The Country House in Britain - Yesterday and Tomorrow"
Patricia West Curator, National Park Service, USA
"A Thing of the Past: The Beginning of History Museums"
Registration Fee $100
REGISTRATION FORM - Registration instructions included on form.
This event is sponsored in part by grants from The Humanities Foundation at Boston University and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For more information, please contact The Nichols House Museum 617.227.6993, email@example.com