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Former Director Michael O’Hanlon, Penelope Lively and Philip Pullman, © Studio Edmark

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Tuesday 13 June 2017, 10.50

The Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day, reflecting changes in society, behaviour, style and taste. Set in beautiful 18th-century almshouse buildings, the museum is surrounded by attractive period gardens. Includes guided tour of a restored almshouse from 1780s and 1880s, self-guided visit of the 11 period rooms and herb/period gardens and a curator's talk. Tickets: £7. Lunch in museum café. To reserve your place, please send a cheque and your details to: Dorothy Walker, 1 The Town Green, Kidlington OX5 2EJ. Enquiries to: For more details about the museum and how to get there, please see


Wednesday 14 June, 18.00 for 18.30

The PRM Director talks about a programme to develop new practices around collection research and the ways museum collections have relevance beyond stores or displays. Working with representatives of different indigenous peoples from current day Suriname and Brazil - Wayana, Trio, Lokono, Kari'na, Ka'apor and Kayapo- it was clear that objects tell a multitude of stories. What is currently recorded on inventory cards in museum collections are but very limited readings of the many meanings objects had, have and can have as they tell about ever changing personal and historical relationships. In the stores, objects inspired story-telling, dance and prayer that ensured cultural care and the cultural re-awakening of objects and triggered, sometimes painful, memories. How can work on these collections, and the many relationships they embody, inform new practices of collecting, preserving and curating? And how do they inform discussions around redress, authority, access and restitution?