Symposium: New Audiences for Old Houses: September 28, 2007

NEW AUDIENCES FOR OLD HOUSES: BUILDING A FUTURE WITH THE PAST

September 28, 2007
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

The Nichols House Museum, in partnership with the Art History Department and Preservation Studies Program of Boston University and The Boston Athenaeum, invite you to attend a symposium which will address audience cultivation and development in historic house museums
and features academics and practitioners from both the US and UK.

Topics of discussion will 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.

This event is sponsored in part by grants from The Humanities Foundation at Boston University and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund for Eastern Massachusetts .

Speakers:

Cary Carson, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (ret.), US,
The End of History Museums: What’s Plan B?

Reena Suleman, Curator of Collections and Research, Leighton House Museum, England,
Leighton House Museum and the New Connoisseurship

John Walton, 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, US,
A Thing of the Past: The Beginning of History Museums

Registration Fee: $100; $40 for students.

For more information and to register, please contact the Nichols House Museum at nhm@earthlink.net or 617.227.6993, or visit http://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/ .

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