#museumhour is a weekly Twitter chat for people working in the museum and heritage sector. This week organisers had planned to talk about capital projects but the topic was changed at the last minute to discuss how museums respond to political events, neutrality, activism, protests and should we take a stand as a sector?
Many interesting ideas were shared and you can catch up on them here: How do museums respond to political events – institutionally & individually?
However you feel about the important world events currently unfolding there is an acknowledgement that they will be significant historically as highlighted in the chat:
- @dalyhistory #museumhour We need to be relevant, vital and responsive. – @TamsinRussell
- If you ever wondered what being in the middle of a historic moment – this is it. right now.
#museumhour – @msjskennedy
@msjskennedy and we need to document, share & make sense of with those affected. It’s our duty pure and simple #museumhour – @turtleandturtle
- We have a remit to educate. Let’s tell people about scapegoating and where it has got us before in history
#museumhour – @TMPHopkins1
- ‘History has its eyes on you’: Edinburgh march against #MuslimBan from the Royal Academy to Scottish Parliament #museumhour – @eloquentpeasant
When history is happening right before our eyes there are current and future considerations – when we look back on this time will we be comfortable with what we did or did not do? Is it only controversial when events are political? What do people outside museums expect from us?
I think it’s extraordinary that we can conduct and record a global real-time conversation about significant national and international events and be responsive as institutions and individuals. What a time to be alive!