From ruin to museum: the creation of Nottingham Castle Museum in regional, national and international context

A one-day conference to mark the 140th anniversary of the opening of Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, with special guest Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum.


10am: Introduction: Richard Wrigley (History of Art, University of Nottingham)

10.20am: Tristram Hunt (Director, Victoria & Albert Museum): The Victoria & Albert Museum: Past, Present, and Future

11.05am: Alice Insley (independent scholar): Making Museums in the Midlands: Derby

11.50am: Coffee

12.15pm: Ellen McAdam (Director, Birmingham Museums Trust): Making Museums in the Midlands: Birmingham Respondent: Richard Gaunt (History, University of Nottingham)

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: Donata Levi (Università degli Studi di Udine): The Role of Individual Collectors in the Creation of Museums in mid-19th-Century Italy

2.45pm: Arnaud Bertinet (Sorbonne, Paris): Regional Museums in Late 19th-Century France: state, city, and individual

3.30pm: Tea

3.50pm Uta Coburger (Conservator of Heidelberg and Mannheim Castle at the Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg): Schloss Heidelberg between Ruin, Museum and Tourist Attraction

4.30pm Thierry Greub (University of Cologne): Cologne’s Kolumba Museum and the Reinvention of Ruins


5.30pm: Dominique Poulot (Sorbonne, Paris): In Search of Universality: the Challenge of European Museums

The cost to attend this event is £20 (or £10 for students).

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