The seminar forms part of the JHU’s Master's Program in Museum Studies which requires all students to choose from a selection of onsite seminars around the world. It is one of the largest academic courses in this field and was established ten years ago.
The London seminar, established at the University of Westminster in 2010, is directed by Alan Morrison, Principal Research Fellow in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. It is taught by him and Dr Peter Ride, Course Leader for the Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture MA course. Other Westminster contributors included Anna McNally from the University Archives and Dr Nicola Triscott from the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM).
JHU students were welcomed by Professor Alexandra Warwick at an opening reception held on Monday 9 July at the Regent Street campus, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the JHU degree. The seminar proved to be highly participatory with discussions and presentations on the museum and gallery visits.
Over two weeks, the JHU students had the opportunity to discuss key questions of policy and practice in the museum and cultural sector with over fifteen museum professionals. They were enabled to use what they have learned in prior experiences, network and explore cutting-edge museum practice.
The group visited major London museums and galleries, including the Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Horniman Museum, among others. The seminar also included a day-trip to Oxford visiting the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Oxford History of Science museums.
Having joined the seminar on the second week, distinguished guest lecturer Dr Peter Jakab, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, met with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield as well as Professor Alex Hughes and Professor Andrew Linn.
Talking about the programme, Seminar Director Alan Morrison said: “The success of this programme is based on the University’s long-established and developing collaborations with major London, UK and international cultural institutions.”