Updated :When publics co-produce history in museums: skills, methodologies and impact of participation

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December 7, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Local History, Modern European History / Studies, Oral History, Public History

Organised by the Public History as new Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project, the 2022 symposium focuses on groups and communities becoming active participants in the production of history in museums

Different publics do not simply consume history in museums (as visitors or users) but may also contribute to preserving, producing, and exhibiting history. The symposium will explore questions such as what groups and communities can bring to the production of history in museums and their impact on historical narratives and on the institutions representing them. It will also delve into the limits and challenges of participatory practices and co-production processes in history museums.

What can public participants (not) do? What skills and knowledge are necessary? What are the examples of collaborative decision-making processes that allow contributions from the different publics and how do they affect the role and functioning of museums?

Join us and our international panellists to discover more and engage in this stimulating and relevant conversation!


Wednesday, 7 December 2022

09.00 - 17.30


Please register to receive the Webex link.



Welcome and opening of the Symposium
Panel 1: Different expertise and voices in history co-production
 Chair: Thomas Cauvin
 "Keeping coal mining alive": when eyewitnesses co-produce public histories of mining work
Grace Simpson
 Participation at Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino: A complex set of practices for a complex territory
Elena Montanari
 Guraban and Our Journeys Our Stories: Chinese Voices and Aboriginal stories- collaborative community history at Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Claire Baddeley Vanessa Jacob
Coffee break
Panel 2: Participation with publics, citizen science and co-creation
 Chair: Grace Simpson
 Museum Clubs in Poland as tools to facilitate participation in a historical and contemporary perspective
Marta Kopiniak
 Leeds Museums and Galleries 200th birthday biography
Catherine Robins
 Collecting the Anthropocene Together: Developing a Participatory, Digital and experimental platform on Environmental Transformations
Aurelia Desplain
Lunch break
Panel 3: Diversifying the narratives through participation
 Chair: Camilla Portesani
 Co-designing University Museum Together with Students: A Case Study from Keio Museum Commons, Japan
Dr Goki Miyakita & Yu Homma
 Community-based, Collaborative Curating with Children in Cape Town
Monica Eileen Patterson
 The Fear of Participation in Pakistani Museums
Dr Shaila Bhatti
Coffee break
Panel 4: Multiple voices in museums and their impact  
 Chair: Chris Reynolds 
 A community of creators: The multiple impacts of Library of Congress crowdsourcing volunteers
Abigail Shelton
 Closing or widening the gap? Participation and super-diversity
Tina de Gendt
 Who says communities need museums? Where does the real expertise lie?
Graham Black
Coffee break
Panel 5: Critical reflections on participation and its principles
 Chair: Tina de Gendt
 Voices of ’68: The role of co-production in meeting the challenges of the past in Northern Ireland
Chris Reynolds 
 Public history and participation: the role of trust in co-creative practice
Lorna Elms
 Museum participation as labor: An ethnographic inquiry
Irene Hilden & Andrei Zavadski
Conclusive remarks and thanks
17.30End of the symposium


More information required? Please contact us at phacs@uni.lu.

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