Ignite Culture TAKE 2

So, at the beginning of April I gave another Ignite Culture talk, this time in London. It was about how to inspire engagement amongst the public. Here is the link, please check it out and feel free to leave comments.


About alisondeplonty

I am an Archaeology MA student at The University of Western Ontario, studying the complex interactions of actors and actants, and their effect on the visitor experience, at the archaeological site museum Huacas del Sol y de la Luna, Trujillo, Peru. Public historian and public archaeologist at heart-- dissemination is key!

Posted on April 18, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Came upon videos of you and Ryan Dodge and interested in the value you put on the views of local people/ taxpayers/voters. (Response was not possible as set up required facebook.)
    This community aspect seems neglected by museum professionals and one hears stories of people being given the “brushoff when trying to contribute unpublishe information about local events that staff, especially those not raised in local famiies, mightn’t have come upon
    Information that would enhance family artifacts donated to the museum in earlier years perhaps under other surnames. And lots of locals are well-versed in the city’s many histories
    -their own families having been participants.
    A refreshing approach, and in a place like London with long memories a possible goldmine.
    Many years since last heard of Oral Histories being taped by library staff and supporters,
    beyond current projects re old vet recollections of their time in uniform.
    Good luck in your career.

    • I think that local/voters/taxpayers should definitely have a say when it comes to the value of the past. Their opinions should be taken into consideration and their input seen as valid. Of course certain tidbits of information will be taken more seriously than others, and some can be used more effectively but that doesn’t mean those that may not be considered as useful shouldn’t be listened to. This is especially true when it comes to first hand accounts of events, from which oral histories can be obtained– even secondary accounts can be useful in this respect but less emphasis is often placed on these.

      Thank you for commenting and reading, I am sorry it took so long to get back to you. I’ve been locking myself away and trying to learn as much Spanish as possible over the past few weeks and more recently been helping my parents get ready for a move.

  2. Local families have been the curators, the stewards of the community’s past because it is their story.
    They are supportive taxpayers and provide visitors for statistics. Museum people are our agents people with technical and research skills and full time to devote to the institution.
    As one who has worked, volunteered, donated and researched and catalogued for a city museum, the first thing noticed is the increasing disconnect between staff and local people willing to share with them. Where do professionals get their information but from documents and publications that record these personal histories. Never seen a ‘Donors’ Night’ where artifact donors are brought together, perhaps with halve of a family story, mutual photos – even those showing the artifact in original daily use. But give them money and they are all over one. People start to withhold bits of the puzzle eventually and professionals are the poorer for it. Remember nowadays many of us are as well educated as the pros but just not in the job market
    Good luck with the people in the Spanish speaking world as you collect their information and stories. Regards.

    • Thank you for the comment, it is very true. The disconnect between museums (etc.) and the public has grown in many cases, but that is why attempts to rectify these disconnects are so crucial.

      Thank you for the well wishes as well. I hope they will be willing to share their experiences with me so that I can learn from what is being done at Huacas del Sol y de la Luna and spread word of what is and isn’t working in the world of dissemination to the public.

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