Heritage Keynote Lecture: Creating a Wondrous Place with Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Sport, Music and Performance at National Museums Liverpool

1:00pm - 2:15pm / Wednesday 29th June 2022
Type: Webinar / Category: Public
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  • Admission: FREE ONLINE
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For this year’s annual Heritage Keynote Lecture, the University of Liverpool is honoured to welcome Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Sport, Music and Performance at National Museums Liverpool at the University’s partner organisation, National Museums Liverpool (NML).

Karen will be sharing the story of the newly updated Wondrous Place gallery in the Museum of Liverpool, sharing insights into what it takes to create gallery content and who they work with and why.

When the Museum of Liverpool opened in 2011, it was the largest newly-built National Museum to be opened in the UK for more than 100 years. Karen will explain how the team, including curators, conservators, educators and designers came together to consult on, curate, and fill five galleries with stories, images and around 7,000 objects.
Karen will then take us behind the scenes to explain the hugely ambitious process, begun in 2018 and continuing throughout the pandemic, of updating and re-displaying the entire Wondrous Place permanent gallery. She will look at the process of deciding on the content for the new gallery; What to update? What to completely change? How to improve the visitor experience?

This fascinating lecture will highlight the challenges faced, but also deliver an understanding of what co-curated exhibitions mean for NML. What it means to individual participants, who never expected their thoughts or possessions to be in a museum; to the groups who work together to strengthen their sense of community and belonging; and to the visitors for whom the displays often mirror and validate their own contribution to their own communities.

Hosted by Professor Lin Foxhall, The Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, and Heritage Research Theme lead, we will also be joined by a panel of experts for a discussion and Q&A session after the lecture:
Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Sport, Music and Performance at National Museums Liverpool
Kay Jones, Lead Curator of Urban and Community History at National Museums Liverpool
Mike Morris, Co-Directors Writing on the Wall
Dr Mike Jones, Reader in Music Industry, University of Liverpool
Dr Sam Caslin, Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Liverpool

This lecture will take place online. Zoom webcast details will be shared with those who register prior to the event.