10 November 2016

Winter Lecture: Living in a World of their Own

Open-air museums are a world apart from the traditional museum where collections are typically displayed in glass cases – and many of them are little entire worlds of their own.

This talk explains the origins and growth of the open-air museum movement in Europe from the late 19th century and looks at how open-air museums have brought together landscape, flora and fauna, buildings, objects, people and intangible histories, to create a ‘totality’ – a complete representation of a particular way of life.

Museums from across northern and central Europe, from Norway to Bavaria and Romania, are featured to show how this particular type of museum has evolved.

Some of the current trends shaping the future of open-air museums in the 21st century will also be examined.

Speaker: David Eveleigh, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust