'Fear of the Unknown': Can gallery interpretation help visitors learn about art and material culture?
19, 20 & 21 November 2008
V&A conferences offer an opportunity for academics, professionals, researchers and others with a substantial interest in the subject to share the results of recent research and discuss topical issues relating to V&A collections.
Symposia are inter-disciplinary events that explore the relationship between design and other aspects of culture. They aim to reveal connections between the historical and the contemporary, making the V&A's collections relevant to today's debates and research. Invited speakers include academics, writers, visual arts practitioners and specialists from other fields.
This conference will mark the opening of the innovative new Education Centre at the V&A, and is the first in a planned series of international conferences that will investigate aspects of arts and cultural education in the context of museums and galleries.
The series begins by addressing the question of how gallery interpretation can help visitors learn about art and material culture, and will bring together graduate researchers, academic staff, curators, archaeologists, designers, historians, educators and interested members of the general public.
This conference will present some of the diverse new research being undertaken in the field and open up debate about the role of interpretation in museums, galleries and historic sites.
The conference will be structured thematically and may include the following:
- Learning theories in museums, art galleries and historic sites
- Interpretation design for museums, art galleries and historic sites
- Evidence based good practice