Letting the Collections Out, Letting the Ephemerality In

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Published on March 23, 2014

Author: sheilabrennan

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Slides from the National Council on Public History annual conference, Monterey, CA, March 21, 2014.

Sheila Brennan @sherah1918 sbrennan@gmu.edu Associate Director of Public Projects LETTING THE COLLECTIONS OUT LETTING THE EPHEMERAL IN

EPHEMERAL EXPERIENCES

http://snapchat.com THE “EPHEMERALNET”

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS?

COLLECT, PRESERVE, STORE

Visitors at the National Museum of American History, looking not touching. RARE LOOK BEHIND THE CASE

Memory Boxes, Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa NEW MUSEUMS

 Digitize existing collections.  Circulate objects.  Don’t print plastic replicas, use real things.  Create (better) museum networks for sharing.  Partner with arts and community groups to use objects.  Collect online. SIX IDEAS TO CONSIDER

1. DIGITIZE, RECORD

Take some objects out of storage. De-accession. Let them degrade gracefully. 2. CIRCULATE OBJECTS Smithsonian storage

DON’T DUMP IT ALL

NPS Arlington House, Arlington, VA CAN I SIT IN THAT CHAIR?

Why make arti-fakes when you can use the real thing. http://makerbot.com 3. DON’T PRINT PLASTIC REPLICAS

OBJECTS ARE POPULAR

 Share Expertise, concentrate thematically and chronologically 4.CREATE REGIONAL COALITIONS

http://www.mckittrickhotel.com/#SleepNoMore 5. PARTNER WITH ARTS COMMUNITY

aMuse event,St. Catharine’s Museum, Ontario, Candada OR COMMUNITY CENTERS No bicycles were harmed in this event.

http://braceroarchive.org 6. COLLECT TRACES ONLINE

http://historyharvest.unl.edu CREATE ONLINE COLLECTIONS

University of Nebraska-Lincoln student participating in a community History Harvest. BE ACTIVE

Sheila Brennan @sherah1918 sbrennan@gmu.edu Associate Director of Public Projects THANK YOU!

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