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Simon Read at 'Museums, Coastlines and the Sea' conference
20-22 May, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia

Simon Read at 'Museums, Coastlines and the Sea' conference

Simon Read is an invited speaker at the Museums, Coastlines and the Sea conference organised by the Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia, on 20-22 May 2015.

His intervention is part of the panel 'Fragile Coastlines: The Case of East Anglia', on Thursday 21st May.

 

Museums, Coastlines and the Sea

This conference will explore the role and potential of the museum in relation to human engagements with the sea and major water courses such as lakes, lagoons and large river
systems. It primarily intends to address questions in the cultural rather than the scientific or ecological spheres, though it will include responses to environmental factors and climate
change. The themes to be addressed are coastal communities, fragile coastlines, water (its meanings and histories) and representing coastlines and the sea. Each plenary and workshop session will develop questions and discussions in the area of each theme. The background to these questions is thinking about the ways in which museums reflect or provide evidence for such discussions, and how they engage their audiences with their implications. Finally, in view of issues of environmental change, what role can museums play in addressing the contemporary problems of a perceived fragility of the coastline itself? The conference is the third in a series looking at museum leadership in various fields and is
organised by the Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia in association with the Gatsby Trust.

To register and see the full programme, visit the conference's  website.