Public Lecture and Collections Open Night at Kelvin Hall

kelvin-hall-entrance from outside

Monday, December 12, 2016
Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow
G3 8AW

Attendance is free but registration is required through Eventbrite.

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What are Museums For?
Public Lecture by Dr Mark O’Neill

Do museums exist primarily to preserve old things? What is their role in the creation of new knowledge? Are they expressions of civic or national pride, or centres of public education and entertainment?

Taking a long view of the history of museums, this talk will look at the reasons why these institutions were originally founded and what their roles are today. It will also explore the diverse effects museums have on society, and offer reflections of what their futures might be in an increasingly globalised, digital world.

Since 2009, Dr Mark O’Neill (FMA, PhD) has been the Director of Policy & Research at Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers arts, museums, libraries and sports services for the City of Glasgow. Prior to this appointment, he held various positions in museums in Glasgow after moving to the city in 1985, which included serving as Head of Glasgow Museums from 1998-2009. O’Neill led the teams that set up the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, and refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. He is particularly interested in the social purposes of cultural institutions, in peoples’ motivations to take part in cultural activities and in the health benefits of cultural participation.

Collections Open Night

This evening event is an exciting opportunity to experience the renovated and repurposed Kelvin Hall and the array of cultural facilities it offers. In particular, it will be an occasion to explore the world-class collections of The Hunterian, Glasgow Life and the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland, which are now housed in this state-of-the-art building. A free event open to members of the public, it will be an opportunity to engage with the Kelvin Hall’s digital collections platform, and learn about the programmes offered by its three partner institutions.


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