Rainey Tisdale: Recent Developments in European City Museums, 25.10.2011 Den Gamle By


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Talk held at Urban History Exhibited. Seminar at Den Gamle By in Aarhus, Denmark. 25th October 2011.
Rainey Tisdale, Community Fellow at John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University. 25th Oct. 2011

I spent 2010 surveying city museums in Europe and the United States as part of a Fulbright-sponsored research project. Since then I have continued to closely follow developments in this field in order to determine what we are doing poorly, what we are doing well, and what the 21st-century city museum should look like. Drawing from this work, my paper will explore recent trends in urban public history, particularly those taking place outside the walls of the physical museum, including geo-tagging, pop-up museums, user-generated content, and hyper-local history projects. I will also discuss what these trends mean for city museums and for our audiences. I will end with my personal vision for the 21st-century city museum.

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Rainey Tisdale: Recent Developments in European City Museums, 25.10.2011 Den Gamle By

  1. 1. HOW TO BUILD A BETTER CITY MUSEUM Rainey Tisdale Fellow, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, Brown University raineytisdale@gmail.com, raineytisdale.wordpress.com
  2. 2. My Grand Tour <ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Belgium: Museum of the City of Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>Croatia: Split City Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Denmark: Museum of Copenhagen </li></ul><ul><li>Estonia: Tallinn City Museum  </li></ul><ul><li>Finland: Helsinki City Museum; Espoo City Museum; Vapriikki Museum Centre (Tampere); Turku Castle and Historical Museum </li></ul><ul><li>France: Musée Carnavalet (Paris) </li></ul><ul><li>Germany: Märkisches Museum (Berlin), The Story of Berlin </li></ul><ul><li>Italy: Palazzo Vecchio ( Florence); Museo Civico (Sienna); Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo (Naples) </li></ul><ul><li>Luxembourg: Museum of the History of the City of Luxembourg </li></ul><ul><li>Netherlands: Amsterdam Museum; Museum Rotterdam </li></ul><ul><li>Russia: St. Petersburg City History Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Spain: Museum of the History of Barcelona </li></ul><ul><li>Sweden: Stockholm City Museum </li></ul><ul><li>UK: Museum of London; Museum of Edinburgh; People’s Palace (Glasgow) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>North America </li></ul><ul><li>Canada: Centre d'Histoire de Montreal, Pointe-à - Calli è re, McCord Museum (Montreal) </li></ul><ul><li>USA: Chicago History Museum; Museum of the City of New York; New-York Hist. Society; Detroit Historical Society; Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh); Bostonian Society </li></ul>
  3. 3. Local Audience Eric Fischer Locals and Tourists #28: Copenhagen Red: Tourists Blue: Locals
  4. 4. 1. Contemporary Life Moveable Feast Exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, 2011
  5. 5. 1. Contemporary Life Museum of Vancouver. Mission: To hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future Phote by Victor Y Wong via flickr
  6. 6. 2. Modest Buildings, Flexible Programs The new Museum of Liverpool, opened summer 2011 photo by Robert Cutts via flickr
  7. 7. 3. Geo-Tagging Streetmuseum IPhone application, Museum of London 20 th -century city museum: Artifacts and stories are consolidated in one building, removing them from their original geographic context 21 st -century city museum: Geo-tagging technology reunites artifacts and stories with their geographic context
  8. 8. 3. Geo-Tagging historypin.com
  9. 9. 3. Geo-Tagging whatwasthere.com
  10. 10. 3. Geo-Tagging Pinning not just photos but objects
  11. 11. 4. Pop-Up Projects Fussnote Project , Hamburg Temporary history where you don’t expect it
  12. 12. 4. Pop-Up Projects Helsinki Berlin
  13. 13. If This House Could Talk, Cambridge 4. Pop-Up Projects Photos by Ross Miller and Cathie Zusy
  14. 14. 5. Personal History Point-à-Callière Museum, Montreal My Block My Family My City
  15. 15. 6. Hyper-Local Engagement Stockholm
  16. 16. 7. Interdisciplinary Collaboration London Wall by Thomson & Craighead, Museum of London
  17. 17. 7. Interdisciplinary Collaboration Fiction: Great Chicago Stories Chicago History Museum
  18. 18. 8. Creative City Museums Amsterdam Amsterdam Berlin Helsinki Your Museum ? Luxembourg Copenhagen copenhagen.dk