Religion in Museums

When museums and religion collide

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Just a few places left…

Free Workshop

Religion & Heritage on Display


Saturday 4th February 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm

More and more exhibitions and displays are addressing religion and heritage. These projects are sometimes in museums and sometimes in places of worship, but they all seek to present religion (however defined) to a general public audience. This informal workshop will bring together reports on some of the more recent. The aim will be to enable people involved in new projects to exchange information and ideas.

Venue: Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square, London, Room 612.

Nearest tubes: Euston / Euston Square.

Format: twenty-minute presentations, with an introduction and time for discussion.

Catering: teas/coffees will be provided, and participants invited to contribute to the cost. Packed lunches can be eaten in the Common Room or lunch obtained locally.

 Chairs: Crispin Paine IoA UCL and John Reeve IoE UCL.

Speakers: the following are confirmed:

  • Keynote: Marion Bowman OU
  • Marius Felderhof: Museum of World Religions project in Birmingham
  • Lucy Trench: Religion in the V&A and the Science Museum
  • Christopher Ferguson: ‘5000 Years of Faith’ at Auckland Castle
  • Sarah Turner: Canterbury Cathedral
  • Rebecca Bridgman: Birmingham Museums Trust ‘Faith in Birmingham’ gallery
  • Gemma Papineau: Panacea Museum, Bedford
  • Antonia Lovelace: ‘Faith in Focus’ Leeds City Museum

Booking and Enquiries: to avoid overcrowding, please let Crispin know if you would like to come. First come, first served!

Sponsored by the Heritage Section of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL


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‘Bringing religion and pilgrimage to life in museum contexts’ – Talk at the University of Oslo

This month Dr Marion Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at The Open University, will give a talk at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Museum Studies.

From the Centre’s website:

From artefact to experience? Bringing religion and pilgrimage to life in museum contexts

What can we do with modern technology, scholarship, imagination and informed empathy to bring museums and exhibits with religious objects and subjects back to life? 

Museums are sometimes regarded as places where religious objects go to die. They lose their context; they are no longer considered ‘performative’, able to act; they become lifeless. Marion Bowman will use a selection of case studies to look at past and current practice and future opportunities.

Time and place: Oct. 12, 2016 12:15 PM – 01:30 PM, P. A. Munch’s house, 425

For more information, go to the University of Oslo website.


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The Museum of Mankind: a recollection and consideration

Saturday 30 April 2016, 10:00 – 17.30

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre Registration at 09.30 with the first presentation at 10.00 Tickets £10, concessions £5 (coffee breaks provided) or +44 (0)20 7323 8181

So many of the papers for this conference concern ‘religion in museums’ questions that blog-readers may like to take note of it.


The Museum of Mankind, between 1970 and 1997 a branch of the British Museum located in Mayfair, is remembered fondly for innovative exhibitions and lively programmes. Curated by anthropologists and archaeologists, it was also important for an emphasis on objects from Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia in their original contexts, for engagement with indigenous communities, and for innovations in museum anthropology. This one-day conference draws together the recollections of former staff in a reflection on the Museum of Mankind’s contribution to the world.

Details of the conference are at: Museum of Mankind Conference

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Does Religion Belong in Museums? Wallace Collection Special Evening Event


Wallace Collection Special Evening Event

Tuesday 22nd March, 2016

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Price: £7.00

Lecturers: Aaron Rosen, Christoph Vogtherr

As part of the Wallace Collection’s participation in the multi-venue exhibition Stations of the Cross: Art and Passion join Aaron Rosen, author of Art and Religion in the 21st Century, Christoph Vogtherr, Director of the Wallace Collection, and Revd Professor David Jasper, University of Glasgow, and Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman of Ruffer LLP and Auckland Castle Trust as they discuss this contentious topic.

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN
United Kingdom
Telephone +44 (0)207 563 9500
Fax +44 (0) 207 224 2155

For disabled parking enquiries please call +44 (0) 207 563 9524

Tickets from the Wallace Collection website



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Making Suburban Faith: Architectures of Shared Space Exhibition, March 11th

Making Suburban Faith is proud to present the cumulation of the Architectures of Shared Space project in the form of an exhibition showing the results of the collaboration between Making Suburban Faith, Mangera Yvars Architects and sixth-form students from Brentside High School. The exhibition will occur on Friday 11th March, 6.30pm in the North Cloisters, UCL.

All are welcome to attend

MSF Arch Proj Rec Exhib Invite PROOF-1
MSF Arch Proj Rec Exhib Invite PROOF-2

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