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Jo Besley, Senior Curator Social History, Queensland Museum, and Churchill Fellow 2009 presented at the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 on "Closure? Or opening? Museums as ‘crucibles’ for identity, ...

Jo Besley, Senior Curator Social History, Queensland Museum, and Churchill Fellow 2009 presented at the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 on "Closure? Or opening? Museums as ‘crucibles’ for identity, healing and recovery".

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  • 1. Plenary: Agents of Social Change Hall A, MECC Chair: Jo Besley Jo Besley Senior Curator Social History, Queensland Museum, and Churchill Fellow 2009 Closure? Or opening? Museums as ‘crucibles’ for identity, healing and recovery
  • 2. “ Museums are morphing. Once they were chroniclers or collectors, gathering objects and facts and putting them on display. Now many have become crucibles: places where a cultural identity is hammered out, refined and reshaped” Ed Rothstein, The New York Times, July 20, 2006
  • 3. Making space
    • Civic spaces: active citizenship
    • Safe spaces: social justice
    • Community spaces: participation
  • 4. Opening up, breaking the silence
    • Participants and visitors
    • Truth recovery
    • Public acknowledgement
  • 5. Re-visit and commemorate
    • Tell the story in your own way
    • Share the details
    • Mourning
    • Reflection
    • Both participants and visitors
  • 6. Reconnect and create new narratives
    • Reconnect with others - reconciliation, social harmony
    • Personal and communal recovery
    • Find a mission
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