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Plenary:  Agents of Social Change Hall A, MECC Chair: Jo Besley Jo Besley Senior Curator Social History, Queensland Museum...
“ Museums are morphing. Once they were chroniclers or collectors, gathering objects and facts and putting them on display....
Making space <ul><li>Civic spaces: active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Safe spaces: social justice </li></ul><ul><li>Comm...
Opening up, breaking the silence <ul><li>Participants and visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Truth recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Publ...
Re-visit and commemorate <ul><li>Tell the story in your own way </li></ul><ul><li>Share the details </li></ul><ul><li>Mour...
Reconnect and create new narratives <ul><li>Reconnect with others - reconciliation, social harmony  </li></ul><ul><li>Pers...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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, healing and recovery".

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  1. 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. 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. 3. Making space <ul><li>Civic spaces: active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Safe spaces: social justice </li></ul><ul><li>Community spaces: participation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Opening up, breaking the silence <ul><li>Participants and visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Truth recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Public acknowledgement </li></ul>
  5. 5. Re-visit and commemorate <ul><li>Tell the story in your own way </li></ul><ul><li>Share the details </li></ul><ul><li>Mourning </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Both participants and visitors </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reconnect and create new narratives <ul><li>Reconnect with others - reconciliation, social harmony </li></ul><ul><li>Personal and communal recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Find a mission </li></ul>
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