Conference Programme

The Period Room: Museum, Material, Experience
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle, County Durham
Thursday 18th Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2014


Thursday 18th September
9.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00am Welcome by Adrian Jenkins, Director of The Bowes Museum
10.10am Introduction to conference (Mark Westgarth)
10.20am-11.00am 1st Keynote Talk – Thomas Michie (Senior Curator of Decorative Art and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

11.00am – First Session – Contexts and Networks (introduced by Mark Westgarth)
Paper 1 – 11.05am-11.30am: Tom Stammers (University of Durham) The Politics of the Historic Interior in late 19th century France
Paper 2 – 11.30am-11.55pm: Clare Taylor (Open University) Scholars, dealers and decorators: in search of the Georgian period room
Paper 3 – 11.55am-12.20pm: Heidi Egginton (University of Cambridge) “An Exquisite Public Exhibition”: Period Rooms and the Merchandising of Heritage and Antique Goods in the West End, c.1880-1914
12.20pm – Discussion/Questions

12.35pm Lunch

1.30pm – Second Session – Interpretation and Display (introduced by Jane Whittaker)
Paper 4 – 1.35pm-2.00pm: Jennifer Komar Olivarez (Minneapolis Institute of Art) The role of narrative in the Period Rooms at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Paper 5 – 2.00pm-2.25pm: Mel Buchanan (New Orleans Museum of Art) New Orleans Museum of Art, case study Period Room from the Butler-Greenwood Plantation
Paper 6 – 2.25pm-2.50pm: Eleanor Quince (University of Southampton) When is a Period Room not a Period Room? Remodelling the Higgins, Bedford
2.50pm – Discussion/Questions

3.05pm – Refreshments

3.20pm – Introduction to The Bowes Museum (Howard Coutts)
3.50pm – Tour of The Bowes Museum English Interiors Galleries and French Period Rooms (Jane Whittaker and Howard Coutts)

4.45pm Close of 1st Day
6.00pm-7.30pm – Wine Reception at The Bowes Museum
8.00pm Conference Dinner (to be booked separately)

Friday 19th September
9.30am Registration (day 2) and Refreshments
10.00am – Welcome (Jane Whittaker)
10.05am – 10.45am – 2nd Key Note Talk – Giles Waterfield, (Associate Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Director, Royal Collection Studies)

10.45am – Third Session – History and Taste: (introduced by Howard Coutts)
Paper 7 – 10.55am-11.20am: Valentin Delic (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz) Karl Lacher and the Period Rooms in Graz from c.1890: a case study in early period Room display
Paper 8 – 11.20am-11.45am: Anne Soll (University of Potsdam) “Old Rooms for new living”? Period Rooms, interior design and home decoration from 1930s to 1950s USA
Paper 9 – 11.45am-12.10pm: Laura Carter (University of Cambridge) A hidden history of the Geffrye Museum’s period rooms, c.1935-1969
12.10pm Discussion/Questions

12.25pm Lunch

1.15pm – Sandpits/Workshops: Perspectives on Museum Practice
Short Papers (10 mins) breakout sessions (in parallel)
1.15pm – 1.25pm – Deirdre Murphy/Lee Prosser (Historic Royal Palaces) The King’s Presence Chamber, Kensington Palace – a 21st century reconsideration – 1.25pm-1.50pm Discussion
1.15pm – 1.25pm – Jonathan Gration (De Montefort University) The Virtual Period Room – 1.25pm-1.50pm Discussion
1.15pm – 1.25pm – Godfrey Evans (National Museums Scotland) The Drawing Room at Hamilton Palace – a case study – 1.25pm-1.50pm Discussion
1.15pm – 1.25pm – Jane Whittaker/Howard Coutts (Bowes Museum) Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Period Rooms at The Bowes Museum – 1.25pm-1.50pm Discussion
1.50pm – 2.45pm – Roundtable Feedback/Discussion (facilitated by Mark Westgarth, Jane Whittaker, Howard Coutts)

2.45pm – Close of 2nd Day
2.45pm – Field Trip to Auckland Castle
6.00pm – Wine Reception at Auckland Castle

Saturday 20th September
10.00am Registration (day 3) and Refreshments
10.10am – Welcome (Howard Coutts)

10.20am – Fourth Session – Deconstructing and Reconstructing (introduced by Jane Whittaker)
Paper 10 – 10.20am-10.45am: Ben Russell (Science Museum, London) Do we want the dust? Redisplaying James Watt’s workshop at the Science Museum
Paper 11 – 10.45pm-11.10am: Mecka Baumeister (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) Revisiting and Reinstalling – a review of several period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: a conservator’s perspective
11.10am Discussion/Questions

11.20am Refreshments

11.45am – Fifth Session – Contemporary Narratives (introduced by Mark Westgarth)
Paper 12 – 11.55am-12.20pm: Maarten Liefooghe (Ghent University/Vrije Universiteit, Brussel) Revisiting Giorgio Morandi’s studio in the museum gallery and a casa: on the micro-politics of period room frame designs
Paper 13 – 12.20pm- 12.45pm: Werner Hanak-Lettner (Jewish Museum, Vienna) The Shabbat Room: the creation and reinterpretation of a period room
Paper 14 – 12.45pm- 1.10pm: Victor Edman (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) The return of the Period Room: contemporary installations and narrative strategies
1.10pm Discussion/Questions

1.25pm Lunch

2.15pm – Round Table Discussion

3.00pm Closing Observations (Professor Helen Rees Leahy, Professor of Museology, University of Manchester)
3.40pm END of Conference


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