Visions for Dunedin: Our Heritage, Our Future - The Future of the Past

25 August 2021 6:00pm


SPEAKER: Jane Macknight. The Museum and Heritage sector has experienced a boom across the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first. At the same time, many commentators have criticised the sector as nostalgic and conservative and called for a reflexive examination into the political, social and economic forces that have and continue to shape our heritage experiences. 

What IS the future for Museums and Heritage? Is it possible to look forwards and mobilise our past in a way that engages more widely and more diversely with the critical issues of our times?

This talk does not propose any specific answers, instead it presents some of the current debates within critical heritage studies, and explores suggestions for revitalising our thinking about how we deliver Museum and Heritage experiences.

Jane Macknight is currently (since April 2021) Manager Collections and Exhibitions at Toitū Museum, bringing to this role almost twenty-five years experience in diverse roles across the culture and heritage sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, City Library



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