Democratic design for museums, galleries and heritage: workshop discussion

Tuesday 2 November 2021
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

Following Michael Saward’s exploration of democracy as a design challenge, this workshop will ask – what democratic design challenges do we face in museums, galleries and heritage?

We often think about democracy in terms of different models – representative, deliberative, participative, and so on. But democracy is not exhausted by advocating specific models or set of institutions; rather, Michel Saward argues, democracy is a design challenge.

How might some of the most obviously controversial issues in current museum practice – from restitution or removal of statues – be approached in terms of democratic design?

Organised by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, this event is part of the Museum Legitimacies event series, exploring political innovation in, against and beyond art galleries, museum and heritage organisations.

The question of the legitimacy of art galleries, museums and heritage organisations is being posed increasingly loudly. Long standing attempts to reform are now being framed by strikes, demonstrations, occupations but also by increasing government oversight and policy constraint.

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Further information about this online event, including booking details, can be found on the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies website.


Museum Sign. Photo by Scott Webb.