Project Symposium

Spreading the World

A symposium to explore ‘Making better use of Ethnographic Collections in the South East Region.’

 10.30am – 4.30pm Weds 3rd December 2014,  at the Old Courthouse Lecture Theatre, Brighton Museum.

Free event, lunch included.

This symposium forms part of the ‘Uncovering Ethnography in Kent and Sussex’ (Uniques) Project, and a Museum Ethnography Group (MEG) Events Programme for 2014.  Uniques is a regional collections review and community engagement project with 5 partner museums in Kent and Sussex, led by Bexhill Museum and funded by ACE.

The aim of the symposium is to provide non-specialist staff and volunteers who care for ethnographic collections, with an overview of the main requirements for curating and interpreting these special collections. MEG members and academics and students will also be invited to attend this event, to share skills and find out more about the collections in this region.

The symposium is designed to provide an introduction to all aspects of managing these collections, including cataloguing and documentation, preventative conservation, interpretation and engaging audiences. The speakers will share their skills and experience and offer practical guidance and use case studies to demonstrate best practice in the sector.

To book a place contact Project Manager, Rachel Heminway Hurst or find out more about the project on our blog

Symposium Speakers 

Ms. Julia Cort Community Learning Manager, the Horniman Museum

Dr. Inbal Livne Collections Manager at the Powell Cotton Museum

Ms. Helen Mears Keeper of World Art, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Mr. Len Pole Museum Consultant, Ethnography Collections (Uniques Project Ethnography Specialist)

Dr. Veronica Sekules Deputy Director and Head of Education and Research Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Ms. Kirstie Williams Organic Conservator, University of Cambridge Museums


Len Pole, Reviewing Collections at Hastings Museum

Len Pole, Reviewing Collections at Hastings Museum

Objects to be reviewed, Maidstone Museum

Objects to be reviewed, Maidstone Museum






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