The Political Museum
Guest blogger: Deannah Leith - Museums & Galleries Queensland
Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool, UK, is coming to Australia to present as part of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) 2015 Conference. Not only is Dr Fleming the international keynote speaker, he will also present a Masterclass entitled The Political Museum. Dr Fleming will argue that all museums are political, including those pretending not to be. He will explore what is meant by ‘political’ and try to tease out come Australian experiences of when politics meet museums.
Dr Fleming became the Director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001 and has overseen the development and opening of the International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool alongside quadrupling visitation. Before his post in Liverpool, Dr Fleming was director of the multi-award-winning Tyne and Wear Museums for 11 years, where he led teams delivering major capital developments and massive audience growth. Prior to that he was principal keeper at Hull Museums and he started his museum career as founder-curator of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York.
The 2015 Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) Conference is a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.
Held every four years, the Conference provides a forum for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting contemporary regional and public museum/gallery practice at a local, national and international level.
The Conference is being held at The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich on 6-7 August 2015. For more information on the Conference and to book a Masterclass please go to http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=7944