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Archaeology Talks 2.0: Who Are Archaeology Museums For?



Archaeology Talks 2.0: Who Are Archaeology Museums For?

Second dialogue: with Simona Rafanelli and Glynn Davis
Moderated by Andrew Gardner

This event will be held in Italian and English, with English simultaneous translation.

European museums of archaeology interact with a wide range of communities. Their educational mission is particularly important today, as the cultural diversity of these communities is greater than ever before; even local museums work in contexts that are no longer as ethnically or culturally homogenous as they once were.

How should all such institutions be inclusive, and pay attention to the diversity of visitors, particularly addressing those who might not find traditional museum presentations accessible or interesting to them? What vision should archaeological museums have to address the debates surrounding the role of the past in contemporary European societies? These questions will be addressed by three dialogues between directors of Italian and British national, regional and local museums.

The series is hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, curated by UCL archaeologists Corinna Riva and Andrew Gardner, and supported by the Institute of Classical Studies, London, the Accordia Research Centre, the ‘UCL-in-Rome’ initiative, and the British School at Rome.


Simona Rafanelli
is the Director of the Museo Civico Archeologico “Isidoro Falchi” in Vetulonia, where she organises national and international exhibitions, often followed by Study Days, and curates the catalogues. She is especially interested in Etruscan religion, architecture and figurative art. She has promoted new excavations in the Old Town area of Vetulonia, uncovering the “Domus dei Dolia”. 
She has led the project “Terre degli Etruschi” (Etruscan Lands) curating the scientific project of the exhibition “Etruscan Symposium” and creating a DVD on Etruscan culture for the use of local schools. Her recent study of Etruscan music, accompanied by a series of performances/talks in archaeological sites/museums in Italy with saxofonist Stefano “Cocco” Cantini is now being developed in an European project.

Glynn Davis is the Senior Collections & Learning Curator at Colchester Museums. He has most recently acted as lead curator for Colchester Castle's first major exhibition in several years: “Adorn: Jewellery, the Human Story”. Glynn previously worked for the Museum of London for over seven years where he created, developed and delivered award-winning volunteer and community projects that engaged the public with the MOL’s enormous stored archaeology collections. He completed an MA in Museum Studies at UCL, where he is an honorary research assistant, and has a background in classical archaeology.

Andrew Gardner is Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at UCL. His main research interests include the archaeology of the Roman world and early Medieval Europe, with a particular focus on Britain, as well as social theory in archaeology. He is co-editor of, among others, Creating Ethnicities and Identities in the Roman World. London, UK: Institute of Classical Studies.

Corinna Riva is Associate Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology at UCL, specialised in East-West interaction and comparative archaeology of Iron Age and 1st-millennium BC Italy and Mediterranean. Among her publications: The urbanisation of Etruria: funerary ritual and social change, 700-600 BC. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Data: Mer 13 Nov 2019

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

In collaborazione con : Institute of Classical Studies, London, Accordia R

Ingresso : Libero


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