Flinders University Museum of Art with the Department of Archaeology present:
Participant processes: Museums, collections and the creation of value
The objects in museum collections are signs and symptoms of history but they are also a rich resource for future dialogues and for changing understandings in the present. Consciously or unconsciously museums are engaged in value creation processes that influence attitudes to the objects they contain and to the people who produced them. The very act of collecting is an acknowledgement of value, but over time the value of objects changes. Museums and galleries have played a central role in this process of change in which the significance and very categorisation of their collections may be transformed.
In acknowledgement of the leading role Vincent Megaw has played in the academy’s dialogue with categories, in this lecture I will reflect on my own role in value creation processes.