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  • 1. 2ndscientific conference from the seriesMuseum – Forms and Tools of PresentationTechnology and Science in the MuseumLeon Wyczółkowski District Museumin BydgoszczSeptember 9 – 11, 2013The Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz invites to the second scientific conference fromthe series Museum – Forms and Tools of Presentation – dedicated to museum issues related to showingthe actual types of collections and accompanying activities.The conference entitled Technology and Science in the Museum. Forms and Tools of Presentation isdirected primarily to museum communities involved in presentation of subjects related to exhibiting,publishing and education, as well as academic communities with programs related to museum studies(institutes of history, historic heritage, preservation of historic sites and cultural studies).The conference will be organized under the auspices of the Polish National Committee - InternationalCouncil of Museums.The main purpose of the conference is an attempt to answer the following question: How and with theuse of what tools shall we present in museums subjects related to technology and science and to makeavailable industrial heritage?Within presented speeches, messages, poster displays and discussion panels, we want to focus a specialattention on the following eight topics:1. Methodology and methods for development of collections as well as technology and scienceexhibitions2. New exhibition technologies and solutions;Science center and interaction – as special places and forms for presentation of scientific-technicalheritage3. Problems related to preservation of industrial heritage;Original, copy, replica, reconstruction – problems related to the range of activities undertaken4. Scope and forms of technical and scientific education;Scientific and popular science publications discussing industrial issues5. Revitalization and adaptation of postindustrial buildings for exhibition purposes;Contemporary museum architecture6. Good practice – examples of technical and scientific exhibitions7. Industrial tourism – prospects for development and threats;Management of industrial heritage8. Financing and promotion of industrial heritage
  • 2. Those interested in participation in the conference Technology and Science in the Museum. Forms andTools of Presentation will be required to send to the organizers until April 30, 2013, the title and abstractof speech (according to the enclosed form) to the following e-mail konferencja@muzeum.bydgoszcz.pl.The organizers reserve the right to select speeches, which will be included in the program of conference.Plans include printing of the speeches given. Participation in conference is free of charge for lecturers.The organizers also provide accommodation, food and conference materials to lecturers.The time of lecture cannot exceed 20 minutesDuring the conference, within the above mentioned topics, we will try to answer the following problemgroups:1. Methodology and methods for development of collections as well as technology and scienceexhibitions● Collecting “contemporary” objects of material culture in museums.Should computers, cellphones or MP3s be part of museum collections and be presented at exhibitions?● Storage and display of large-size, postindustrial machines, vehicles and equipment – needs andthreats.● Exhibition models – traditional exposition of technology based on artifacts versus experimentatoriumfocused on experience and interaction.● Methods of presentation of industrial heritage objects in the museum.What needs to be done to make visitors satisfied after their trip to the museum and encourage repeatvisits?2. New exhibition technologies and solutions;Science center and interaction – as special places and forms for presentation scientific-technicalheritage● Presentation of industrial heritage with the use of new technologies – possibilities and problems.How to present steam engine operation or experience a ride by a historical carriage? How to presenttechnologies and chemical processes? How to offer to museum visitors the smell and sounds comingfrom, for example, a mine or engine house?● Application of virtual reality and expanded reality technologies in contemporary art of arrangingexhibitions.● Science center as a new model for scientific-technical exhibiting – new possibilities, new threats.3. Problems related to preservation of industrial heritage;Original, copy, replica, reconstruction – problems related to the range of activities undertaken● Problems related to the use of museum exhibits in the context of legislation of Poland.Is touching and using of historical exhibits allowed? For instance, activation of printing press, historicalvehicle or locomotive, when legislation of Poland orders museums to store exhibits intact? Maybe it isnecessary to implement changes in this legislation regarding technical heritage?● How to maintain and store large-size museum exhibits?● The range of using copies, replicas and reconstruction.What can we call a copy? Does replacement of a historical engine component deprive this vehicle of itsoriginal value? How to implement an element of interaction between the visitor and a historical object?Is it worth it to make a copy or replica for a visitor in order that he learns the value of an object,especially those nonexistent ones?
  • 3. 4. Scope and forms of technical and scientific education;Scientific and popular science publications discussing industrial issues● Museum education – forms, challenges and problems.How to interest wide audiences with technical and scientific topics? What methods and educational aidsshall be used to encourage audiences to actively participate in museum activities?● The use of e-learning in today’s museum education.● Forms of scientific and popular science publications discussing industrial issues – good practice.5. Revitalization and adaptation of postindustrial buildings for exhibition purposes;Contemporary museum architecture● What interiors should be used to present technical-scientific exhibitions and postindustrial heritage?Should we use, through revitalization and adaptation, postindustrial buildings or dedicate to them newspaces?Each of the mentioned solutions has its advantages and disadvantages. Revitalization of existing spacesfrequently develops neglected parts of the city and gives to an exhibition a postindustrial context,carrying some contents on its own. On the other hand, new premises provide an opportunity for properadjustment of museum spaces to the actual needs of a given institution. We want to present andcompare both models of solutions based on selected examples.6. Good practice – examples of technical and scientific exhibitions● Every year, interesting, modern and aesthetically sophisticated technical and scientific exhibitions arebeing opened, and presentations of industrial heritage become increasingly popular as well. We want topresent the most interesting of them, showing also some concepts of exhibitions which are only in thestage of design or implementation.7. Industrial tourism – prospects for development and threats;Management of industrial heritage● Industrial tourism in Europe – good practice.● Principles for making available historic parts of active workplaces and presentation of productionprocesses.● Models for management of industrial heritage and selection of a proper form of organizer’sfunctioning.● Technical heritage trails as a model for management of industrial heritage – good practice.● Formula of public-private partnership – possibilities and problems.8. Financing and promotion of industrial heritage● Mechanisms available for financing projects related to revitalization of postindustrial heritage and itsexposition.● Promotion of industrial heritage.Using limited funds (available to museums), how to reach the most demanding audiences and “breakthrough” with information about industrial heritage in media space, dominated by pictorial language?
  • 4. All those interested in participation in the conference should contact Mr. Maciej Czechowski from theDepartment of Education and Promotion of the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz,phone no. 52 58 59 927; e-mail: konferencja@muzeum.bydgoszcz.pl ormaciej.czechowski@muzeum.bydgoszcz.pl.Michał F. Woźniak, PhDDirector of the Leon WyczółkowskiDistrict Museum in BydgoszczOrganizer: Under auspices:Co-organizer: Partner:Honorary patronage: Patronage:

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