The arts and heritage sector is in the midst of one of the largest global crises it has ever faced. Around the world, museums, heritage attractions and cultural venues are closed, depriving the sector of the visitor income and secondary spend so vital for its economic sustainability. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) predicts changes that will “permanently ruin the cultural landscape of entire communities and countries”. What will endure and what will change? Will audiences and visitors want the same experiences as before? What will be the value of arts and heritage? Whose values will be prioritised?
Join us for this term’s Heritage Pathway, where we will explore these challenges and discuss the answers to these questions. The programme will be delivered through interactive webinars and twitter chats with leading practitioners in the heritage sector, who will discuss the short and long-term impacts of the current crisis. Will adversity encourage and stimulate new, entrepreneurial ways of thinking? What might these approaches look like, and who will they be for?
1. Museums in an age of self-isolation | Wednesday 6th May 2020, 11am-12noon | Find out more and book here (Oxford SSO required)
2. Financial implications of coronavirus for the museums and heritage sector | Wednesday 20th May 2020, 11am-12noon | Find out more and book here (Oxford SSO required)
3. How will arts and heritage matter after the coronavirus crisis? | Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 11am-12noon | Find out more and book here (Oxford SSO required)
Each webinar will be followed by a twitter chat hosted by the Oxford University Heritage Network (@Oxford_Heritage). All are welcome to participate in the twitter chats, whether or not you are able to attend the webinar beforehand. Follow #HeritagePathway to join in!
Heritage Pathway is designed and delivered by Oliver Cox and Alice Purkiss and organised through the Researcher Training and Development Programme. The webinars are open to University of Oxford students and staff only; all are welcome to join for the twitter chats.
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