Lunchtime Lecture – Out of the ale house and into the… museum?
Wednesday 15th November
Dr Rebecca Kummerfeld
Since ancient times, individuals with a penchant for the interesting and the bizarre have amassed collections of esoterica. It was not until the 19th century that the concept of the modern public museum emerged. For the first time, collections were put on show for the masses and became centres of public learning. It was hoped that “people better” themselves by moving out of the ale house and into the museum. How have museum’s collections been used for education? What role do artefacts play in the shaping of popular consciousness? And how might museums today operate as educational institutions?
Rebecca is the newest member of the museum’s education department. She has been at the museum for a year now, working with Holocaust survivors, teaching groups of students and training guides.
She has a background in art history, education and museum studies. Before the museum Rebecca completed a PhD in history and education, focusing the history of public art education in museums and galleries. She also worked in the north of England, managing the learning programs across museums in North Lincolnshire and working with Arts Council England to improve museum provision for young children. Rebecca is passionate about history and making it engaging and accessible for everyone.