Practicing museology: The contemporary museum at work

Professor McCarthy will discuss the contemporary museum at work.

Inaugural lecture—Professor Conal McCarthy

September 2019

What do professionals do in contemporary museums? In the field of museum and heritage studies, the critical analysis of current professional practice is often overlooked. More attention is paid to academic theory than the daily operational reality of museum work in management, collections, exhibitions, programmes, and policy.

Professor Conal McCarthy sets out to correct this imbalance, seeking to ground museum studies in practice. He presents an integrated model—combining research, theory, and practice with training and education—in which university and museum, academics, students, and professionals all work together in pursuit of common goals.

This is Professor McCarthy’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Our public lecture series gives you the opportunity to engage with the latest thinking on the world’s major issues.

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