This week Carly Ciufo and I launched the ActiveHistory.ca museum theme week. This week was designed to encourage conversation between museum professionals and historians, while highlighting the labour of museum professionals.
It was a pleasure to work with Carly as a co-editor and we are both very please with how the week turned out. A huge thank you to all of our fantastic contributors.
The week’s posts included:
- Museum Theme Week Introduction by Carly Ciufo and Krista McCracken
- The Life of an Artifact at the Western Development Museum by Alex Emery and Kaiti Hannah
- Practicing Theory: What’s Really Happening When You Write Exhibit Text for Museums by John Summers
- History in Museums: It’s All About Audience, Focus, and Collaboration by B. Erin Cole
- Museums and Community Partnerships by Meredith Leonard
- Boxes of Possibility–and frustration by Laura Peers
- Building Ties: Family Relationships and the Museum Collection by Nadia Kurd
- The Unholy trifecta of behind-the-scenes worker, museum visitor, and front-line staff by Alexandra Cherry
- Beyond Inclusion – Decolonising through Self-Representation in Eeyou Istchee by Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
I love that this week covered such a diverse range of topics – museum labour, curation, exhibition development, community partnership, decolonizing practices, and education programming. I also think a number of these posts have the potential to be really useful for folks who are teaching introduction to museum studies courses or public history classes focused on museum work.