If you order a Diet Coke at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, the buxom barmaid in her floor-length skirt is likely to put her hand on her hip and expostulate: “Diet what?! Never ’eard of it! We’ve shandy. …
Contributor Prof. Jack Lohman
Early in 2009 I was appointed adviser to four new history museums in Doha, Qatar, a relationship that continues today. This lecture, given in 2010, marked the opening of a round table for the museum profession in Doha, at which I was keen to flag up certain thoughts on museums that might help guide development.
When I joined the Royal British Columbia Museum in 2012, I had little idea of the diverse range of research being undertaken across the museum and archives, and more importantly, the diverse nature of disciplines and academic partners involved.
I love archives. They are the closeted glories of the museum world, and we do not do enough with them. There have always been too many gilded teacups and worthy portraits to put on show. But if we stop looking and start seeing, what riches lie hidden there?