Curating under pressure

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Murray S, Curating Under Pressure: Collecting and Exhibiting the Canterbury Earthquakes. Paper presented at the Social History Curators Group Conference, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 22 – 25 June 2016.

This paper presented a global perspective on contemporary collecting and interpretation following a period of trauma.

Utilising a series of natural disasters as a case study, the paper provided

Christ Church Cathedral Cross at Quake City

ChristChurch Cathedral Cross at Quake City

experiential information that related to wider issues around curatorial practice, caring for collections and interpretation in situations of extreme pressure. Ethical issues were at the heart of this and the paper enabled valuable discussion for social history practitioners around curating challenging and emotional subjects while ensuring our public remains at the heart of what we do.