On Friday 9 March 2018 the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) and the Dublin School of Creative Arts at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), with the Royal Armouries (UK) hosted a one day seminar entitled ‘Curating conflict: A workshop on the commemoration of conflict in public spaces’. The workshop emerges from the practical challenges museums, galleries and cultural institutions face when specifically representing experiences of conflict. By bringing together leading experts and researchers from England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, the workshop was an opportunity to gain insights from individuals and institutions involved in producing and assessing commemorative practices through collecting, curating and researching the representation of conflict in such public spaces where historical significance is constructed, transmitted and contested.
This workshop was an open forum and an opportunity for attendees to participate in intercultural exchange, active learning and sharing of best practices with experienced museum professionals and researchers. The seminar was convened by Siobhán Doyle (DIT) and Niamh Ann Kelly (DIT), and speakers include Hannah Crowdy (National Museums Northern Ireland); Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster University), Sandra Heise (National Museum of Ireland), Roisin Higgins Teesside University), Brendan Rooney (National Gallery of Ireland), Lisa Traynor (Royal Armouries, England), and Henry Yallop (Royal Armouries, England). Explore the full programme here.
The seminar took place at Rathdown House, Dublin Institute of Technology Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7.