Sheila
Brennan
@sherah1918
sbrennan@gmu.edu
Associate
Director of
Public Projects
LETTING THE
COLLECTIONS OUT
LETTING THE
...
EPHEMERAL EXPERIENCES
http://snapchat.com
THE “EPHEMERALNET”
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England
EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS?
COLLECT, PRESERVE, STORE
Visitors at the National Museum of
American History, looking not
touching.
RARE LOOK BEHIND THE CASE
Memory Boxes, Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
NEW MUSEUMS
 Digitize existing collections.
 Circulate objects.
 Don’t print plastic replicas, use real things.
 Create (better) m...
1. DIGITIZE, RECORD
Take some
objects
out of storage.
De-accession.
Let them
degrade
gracefully.
2. CIRCULATE OBJECTS
Smithsonian storage
DON’T DUMP IT ALL
NPS Arlington House, Arlington, VA
CAN I SIT IN THAT CHAIR?
Why make arti-fakes when you can use the real thing.
http://makerbot.com
3. DON’T PRINT PLASTIC REPLICAS
OBJECTS ARE POPULAR
 Share Expertise, concentrate thematically and chronologically
4.CREATE REGIONAL COALITIONS
http://www.mckittrickhotel.com/#SleepNoMore
5. PARTNER WITH ARTS COMMUNITY
aMuse event,St. Catharine’s Museum, Ontario, Candada
OR COMMUNITY CENTERS
No bicycles
were harmed
in this event.
http://braceroarchive.org
6. COLLECT TRACES ONLINE
http://historyharvest.unl.edu
CREATE ONLINE COLLECTIONS
University of Nebraska-Lincoln student participating
in a community History Harvest.
BE ACTIVE
Sheila
Brennan
@sherah1918
sbrennan@gmu.edu
Associate
Director of
Public Projects
THANK YOU!
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Letting the Collections Out, Letting the Ephemerality In

  1. 1. Sheila Brennan @sherah1918 sbrennan@gmu.edu Associate Director of Public Projects LETTING THE COLLECTIONS OUT LETTING THE EPHEMERAL IN
  2. 2. EPHEMERAL EXPERIENCES
  3. 3. http://snapchat.com THE “EPHEMERALNET”
  4. 4. Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS?
  5. 5. COLLECT, PRESERVE, STORE
  6. 6. Visitors at the National Museum of American History, looking not touching. RARE LOOK BEHIND THE CASE
  7. 7. Memory Boxes, Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa NEW MUSEUMS
  8. 8.  Digitize existing collections.  Circulate objects.  Don’t print plastic replicas, use real things.  Create (better) museum networks for sharing.  Partner with arts and community groups to use objects.  Collect online. SIX IDEAS TO CONSIDER
  9. 9. 1. DIGITIZE, RECORD
  10. 10. Take some objects out of storage. De-accession. Let them degrade gracefully. 2. CIRCULATE OBJECTS Smithsonian storage
  11. 11. DON’T DUMP IT ALL
  12. 12. NPS Arlington House, Arlington, VA CAN I SIT IN THAT CHAIR?
  13. 13. Why make arti-fakes when you can use the real thing. http://makerbot.com 3. DON’T PRINT PLASTIC REPLICAS
  14. 14. OBJECTS ARE POPULAR
  15. 15.  Share Expertise, concentrate thematically and chronologically 4.CREATE REGIONAL COALITIONS
  16. 16. http://www.mckittrickhotel.com/#SleepNoMore 5. PARTNER WITH ARTS COMMUNITY
  17. 17. aMuse event,St. Catharine’s Museum, Ontario, Candada OR COMMUNITY CENTERS No bicycles were harmed in this event.
  18. 18. http://braceroarchive.org 6. COLLECT TRACES ONLINE
  19. 19. http://historyharvest.unl.edu CREATE ONLINE COLLECTIONS
  20. 20. University of Nebraska-Lincoln student participating in a community History Harvest. BE ACTIVE
  21. 21. Sheila Brennan @sherah1918 sbrennan@gmu.edu Associate Director of Public Projects THANK YOU!
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