From Palaces to Power Stations: The museum movement in Britain


WHEN : Tuesday 25 October 6.00pm
WHERE : UQ Art Museum
WHAT : Public Lecture.

In this lecture, Duncan Robinson traces the evolution of museums in Britain by examining their architecture and methods of display. By doing so, he aims to show how attitudes towards museums, and the expectations of their visitors, have changed over time. He summarises those changes in his title; the earliest museums in Europe were housed in former palaces and retained much of their aura. Their counterparts today occupy converted factories and warehouses, relics of an industrial age with quite different but equally potent connotations.

Duncan Robinson is the Master of Magdalene College and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He began his career in Cambridge as a curator and college lecturer before moving to the USA to become the Director of the Yale Center for British Art in 1981. In 1995 he returned to Cambridge as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the post from which he retired in 2007. He is currently Chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation and the Prince’s Drawing School and a Trustee of the Royal Collection.

Free. All welcome.
Bookings essential as numbers are limited
Refreshments will be served after the lecture

RSVP Thursday 20 October
(07) 3365 3046


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