The UK museum boom event – 17 Nov 2022

I’m pleased to invite you to this event for the Mapping Museums project I am part of:

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2022, 18:00 GMT

Location: Clore Management Centre, 27 Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL

Chair: Isabel Wilson, Arts Council England

Speaker: Prof Fiona Candlin, Professor of Museology, Birkbeck

Respondent: Lisa Ollerhead, Director, Association of Independent Museums

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During the late-twentieth century there was a significant increase in the number of museums in the UK. Yet, apart from the highly polemic heritage debates of the 1980s and 1990s, the boom was not investigated in any detail. There was no firm information on its location or character, or indeed on what happened next. The Mapping Museums project was devised to remedy that situation.

Over the last six years we have collected and analysed data on over 4,000 museums, and conducted detailed interviews with the founders of the new museums. In this lecture Prof Fiona Candlin, the project lead, will outline some of the things we learned.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please book a free ticket at: